A new supply of fresh papayas from Hawaii will reach grocery-store shelves in Japan this year and consumers have biotechnology to thank for it. The first “Rainbow” papayas–genetically modified to withstand the deadly ringspot virus—are now on sale. They are the first GM food Japan has approved for commercial release. It represents an important step for a country that has resisted a technology that is now conventional in North and South America and increasingly common in Africa and Asia.
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