Cafe Scientifique - Forbidden Fruit: Biotech in Developing Countries
Presenter: Sarah Davidson Evanega, International Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics (Adjunct), Cornell University
What could be sweeter than a papaya immune to its fiercest natural enemy, the papaya ringspot virus?
In the mid-1990s, university researchers using public funds created a virus-resistant, genetically-modified papaya for Hawaiian farmers. Grown in Hawaii for over 15 years, this papaya has had no negative effects on the environment or human health. With a philanthropic and global vision, the scientists who developed it hoped to bring their sweet science to resource-poor farmers in the developing world. Yet, when Western-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) fighting genetically modified crops went from touting ‘not in my backyard’ to ‘not in your backyard,’ the technology went sour.
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