Why papayas GMO's?
I was surprised to read that most papayas sold in the US are genetically modified. This makes them one of the very few things in the produce section that are a GMO.
Anyone know anything more about this? What could "most" in 'most papayas sold in the US' mean? Are they certain varieties only, or fruit from certain countries? What foreign genes are they using, and why?
I always thought papayas grew like weeds, and produced prodigiously without much help from us, so why would they go through the trouble of artificially messing with their genes? Is it one of those roundup ready deals so they can spray herbicides like crazy to kill every other plant around?
Of course I would not have to ask this question if companies like Monsanto had less power over the US government and allowed the labeling of GMO's here like in other civilized nations...