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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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Hawaiian State Legislature’s Selective Memory toward Papaya Saving Science

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In recent years, the papaya fruit has become a leading export for the island of Hawaii with it being the island’s second-largest fruit crop with an estimated value of $18 million.  The fruit has also served as a key source of Vitamins A and C for native Hawaiians, which would otherwise be difficult and expensive for them to obtain elsewhere.  This was not always the case for Hawaiian agriculture, especially as it relates to this Read More >

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