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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Ag-biotech infographics: Education through visualization

Consumer interest in biotech foods has grown rapidly over the past few years, yet interest in the fastest adopted crop technology in history has been accompanied by a spike in misinformation. As a result, it is difficult for consumers to obtain an accurate understanding of this complex subject. For some biotech opponents, the complexities are of little concern, as long as the goal of boosting fear of biotechnology is accomplished. The more inflammatory and shocking a claim, the quicker it spreads. Basing these claims on facts is not a prerequisite, though including a horrifying (and nearly always completely misleading or
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Competing for stomach space

Karl Haro von Mogel, the chair of Biofortified, recently shared a video of his interview with OSF president Neal Carter from BIO 2013 as well as some interesting thoughts on our nonbrowning Arctic® apples. One of the topics they discussed is the competition for stomach space apples have with junk food like candy bars or chips. Especially notable in the wake of Halloween, we see it’s often easier for consumers to grab bite-sized, packaged snacks rather than grabbing a whole apple. However, that could quickly change with the convenience and freshcut suitability of Arctic apples. You can watch the full
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Recapping OSF at BIO 2013

Last week, the Biotechnology Industry Organization had their annual BIO 2013 convention in Chicago. Our president Neal Carter was in attendance, but he did much more than just “attend”! Neal was one of six panelists at the April 23rd “media breakfast” where panelists were asked many great questions about public opinion, biotech labeling, industry transparency and much more. Plus, he got to meet a major VIP in biotech media/education – Frank N. Foode (pictured)! Later that day, Neal delivered a presentation titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Small Companies in AgBiotech: Collaborating and Competing with the Majors”. He discussed the unique
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