The fascinating story of Rainbow papayas

Hawaii’s Rainbow papaya is one of the most unique crops out there, and one of the best biotech success stories as well. Plus, as the first commercially successful biotech fruit, it’s certainly of special interest to us at OSF. And, it’s not just us who find Rainbow papayas to be a fascinating story! Dr. Ania Wieczorek’s “Biotech in Focus” series, which we profiled last month, covered this very topic earlier this week in its latest bulletin, “Biotech Goes Local: GM Papaya in Hawaii”. Not only did Dr. Wieczorek do a great job summarizing both Rainbow papaya’s history and the science
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Creating a bigger piece of the (apple) pie

As we often say, boosting apple consumption is a goal everyone supports. We all know apples are extremely healthy, and preferable to other popular snacks like candy and chips. Plus, they’re high in fiber which can help apple-eaters feel fuller than alternatives with “empty” calories – clearly a major benefit with the obesity crisis. Great, we all agree! So what? Everyone knows fruits and veggies are good for us but even amidst frequent calls to eat 7 servings a day, or at least 5, the average U.S. consumer eats less than 3. The produce industry’s challenge is to make consumers
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Apple industry embracing innovation to boost consumption

For the North American apple industry, there’s no bigger month in the year than October. Most growers get to enjoy the conclusion off harvest (and the 14 hour workdays that go along with it!) and consumers get to enjoy the freshest apples of the year. While “National Apple Month” is now behind us, there’s a great sense of optimism and energy in the industry, and plenty of good reason for it. After decades of flat-to-declining apple consumption in the U.S., there’s been a small boost in apple consumption over the past couple years, which is especially important as the number
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