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

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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

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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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Hawaii Stands Firm in Biotech Battle

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If you drove here in the 1990s, you would see nothing but dead papaya trees,” Hawaii resident Dennis Gonsalves told a newspaper reporter last summer. Gonsalves is a scientist and he is credited with helping to save Hawaii’s Papaya industry. Nearly decimated in the early 1990s by the ringspot virus, the livelihood of Hawaii’s papaya farmers was literally saved by biotechnology and the “Rainbow” papaya, which is genetically-engineered to resist the virus. Rainbow papaya makes Read More >

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BIO Attends HCIA/Hawaii Chamber “Biotech Week”

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Hears Stories from Local Papaya Farmers Monday, March 17 marked the beginning of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA)/Hawaii Chamber “Biotech Week” in Honolulu. Well-attended by employees of the seed companies and many farmers at the state capital and elected officials, the event reminded everyone of the importance of biotechnology in the agricultural community of Hawaii. During my time there, I was able to hear first-hand accounts of the role that biotech has played in the Read More >

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