Bill 113's Stigmatization of GMOs and Papaya Farmers is Misguided and Wrong

Bill 113 needlessly stigmatizes our papaya farmers, but that’s not enough, so it penalizes them as well.

Now all farmers growing Rainbow papaya will have to register their fields by providing a tax map key, the names of field employees and a detailed description of the location.

They will also have to pay $100 per location per year. If this is not a penalty then why not require this of all farmers? Because this bill is based on the premise that transgenic crops are dangerous.

However, every credible scientific body that has examined this issue has concluded that current transgenic crops are as safe as their non-transgenic counterparts. This bill disagrees, but it can’t explain why.

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