Papaya Nightmares: A Farmer Struggles Amid Hawaii’s GMO Debate

·By Sophie Cocke

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Biotech battle may hurt Big Island farmers more than the ringspot virus that nearly ended their livelihood.

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Given their history, are Hawaii's rainbow papayas different in the GMO debate? And how does a farmer like Alberto Belmes fit into the intense battle between activists and the biotech industry?