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Papayas in Paradise: Super powered fruit!

Lorie Farrell

As I drive into the fields in Keaau, I’m struck by the peaceful surroundings, the fields filled with growing papaya trees loaded with fruit. You can tell their age by how tall they are. At two years old, they’re about 10 feet tall and will grow another 10 feet per year until they reach approximately 40 feet tall; a height that is too tall to pick safely. The Rainbow papaya is a beautiful tree that Read More >

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Hawaii’s Papaya Industry Takes a Devastating Hit from Hurricane Isselle


With winds in excess of 60 mph, much of Hawaii experienced significant fallout from Hurricane Isselle.  Most notably, Hawaii’s papaya industry was most impacted by Isselle experiencing shattering commodity losses. The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA) preliminary report shows that: The Papaya Industry has sustained damage to 60% of its production and is the most severely impacted crop; Over the next 24+ months the Industry will lose $56 Million dollars;  Total loss and damage to Read More >

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A GE Papaya Farmer from Hawaii Shares his Story at BIO 2014

BIO International Convention

BIO held its 2014 International Convention in San Diego, CA, June 23-26. This year BIO invited guests from Hawaii who shared their stories on what it is like to be a GE papaya farmer right now in light of the recent ban on the cultivation of GMOs on the Big Island. You may remember the story of Hawaii’s Rainbow papaya which was genetically engineered to withstand the papaya ringspot virus. It is a story still Read More >

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