Japan approves papaya produced through biotechnology

A few short months ago, a huge victory was won for biotechnology produced food worldwide. The Rainbow papaya, a variety enhanced through biotechnology to resist the ringspot virus, was approved for shipment to Japan. A chief factor that makes Japan’s approval of these papayas such big news is that this announcement marks the “first horticultural product, and the first direct-to-consumer food product to gain regulatory approval in Japan” (per this report from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service). Considering that the approval process began in 1999, this acceptance is a triumph that’s long overdue! This was not just a victory for biotech advocates,
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