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In response to 143489: Papayas, posted by Helen M H on Wednesday, 4 September 2019, at 6:29 p.m.
There is nothing wrong with Hawaiian papayas that I know of. There is some controversy over the GMO aspect of some papayas, but there is a lot of erroneous information out there. The GMO aspect of Hawaiian papayas has nothing to do with making them Roundup resistant. All it does is make them immune to ring-spot virus infection. No spraying of the plants is involved. I cannot say that some farmers don't spray for other pests and I can't say that some farmers don't spray the weeds with Roundup. But I can say that the plants themselves are not sprayed with Roundup. If other insecticides are involved, then those can be washed off. If you are concerned, use soap & water.
I am also wondering if what you heard was information about Hawaiian organic lettuce. That would be the danger of contracting rat-lung disease. I have not heard that washing is not enough. Organic lettuce needs to be VERY thoroughly washed and inspected for any tiny slugs. Actually, any fruits and vegetables grown on the island should be thoroughly washed. I now wash any mangos or avocados that I pick up off the ground with soap & water.
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