Dr. Dennis Gonsalves and Hawaii Papaya Farmer on Bill 79

Dr. Dennis Gonsalves and Hawaii Papaya Farmer on Bill 79

The Papaya Story: Biotechnology helping farmers

Civil Beat today shared a video about the how the biotechnology helped save the papaya industry and support local small papaya farmers. They talk with Dr. Dennis Gonsalves, a local boy who lead a team of scientists to develop a genetically modified papaya that could resist the ring spot virus. The virus could have potentially devastate the papaya industry in Hawaii. Civil Beat also speaks with Alberto Belmes, a Hawaii papaya farmer since 1983, who tells his story of having his papaya fields wiped out from the ring spot virus.

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