GM papaya could spur Florida production, Brooks not buying it

Article in the 1/18/16 The Packer written by Tom Karst

Florida has very limited commercial papaya volumes now, but University of Florida researchers say genetically modified papaya varieties designed to resist ringspot virus could spur grower interest.

The U of F researchers aid that a survey of current and potential papaya growers in south Florida indicated that more than 60% of them would be willing to grow a genetically modified papaya.

One prominent papaya grower, Brooks Tropicals is not part of that 60%.

Bill Brindle, vp of sales and marketing said “our customers aren’t interested in a genetically modified papaya.” The company currently doesn’t grow papayas in Florida. But it does grows non-GMO fruit in Belize, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. SlimCado avocados, starfruit, guava, dragonfruit, passionfruit, aloe and boniato are grown in Florida. Brooks’ produce is all non-GMO