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Hawaiian GMO farmer on Food Evolution doc: Saving papaya from extinction is not ‘propaganada’

| | July 10, 2017
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Genetic engineering saved the papaya industry. The same technology could help protect additional crops as the climate changes.
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[Editor’s note: Joni Kamiya is a family farmer growing GMO papaya on Hawaii’s North Shore.]

The [GMO] papaya works, it saved an industry, and is outstanding technology.

So it is very disappointing to me that Nestle, Pollan and 45 others go on record calling this story agrochemical industry propaganda, when it is a far cry from the truth.

It is even more troubling that these are students and professors that claim to be in favor of small-holder family farms and sustainability. The papaya allows my family to sustainably produce a local staple that would be gone if it was not for the technology.

If you ever are over in the islands please let me know and I’ll personally introduce you to our “giant agrochemical industry”, which is me, my family and two dedicated farm workers, growing a delicious and valued fruit. The movie Food Evolution told our story, our fight, and our ongoing success very accurately. I would think very carefully before calling my family’s reality throwaway propaganda.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: A Passion for Papaya is Not Propaganda

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