Scent of GE papaya

Feature Story - 2009-04-20
Who doesn’t love papaya? Papayas make a mean Thai salad and are pretty good sliced up with ice cream. Greenpeace China went shopping but found their local supermarkets’ papaya wasn’t all that tasty.

Chinese supermarkets are selling homegrown GE papayas.

We bought nine papayas from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai in the past few months and found that eight of them - all grown in China - were genetically-engineered fruit.

The only papaya that wasn't GE was imported from the Philippines where GE papaya crops are not allowed.

The supermarkets were Lotus, Vanguard and Wal-Mart.

None of these GE papayas were labelled as GE.

Chinese shoppers don't want GE

A few years back we surveyed Chinese shoppers and 65 percent of them said they didn't want to eat GE food.

Many countries do not allows farmers to grow GE papaya because they are not convinced it is safe. Do you really want to eat one?

So why are supermarkets selling GE fruit?

And why are they not marking GE fruit clearly?

They owe it to their customers to only stock safe and clean groceries.

So where are these papayas from?

They all come from China and most likely Guangdong province where farmers are allowed to commercially grow GE papaya.

There are many scientific studies that show that GE crops may harm our health.

This GE papaya, for example, has proteins made by the added genes that are similar to allergy causing proteins.

We want supermarkets to stop selling GE papaya.

Many countries do not allows farmers to grow GE papaya because they are not convinced it is safe. Do you really want to eat one?

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