Many people in America are avoiding papaya because papayas are one of the most common GMO crops!
Some of the crops currently approved to genetic modification in the US, are corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa, papaya and zucchini.
Of the 30 million pounds of papaya produced in the US, 75 percent are #GMO papayas from Hawaii.
How To Choose A Non-GMO Papaya... Organic papayas may be hard to find, but when you chance upon any, grab them! Certified organic papayas are definitely non-GMO and the best choice as there are no pesticide residues. These PLU codes labeling might give you some clues!
If there are 5 digits in the PLU code, and the number starts with a “9”, this tells you that the produce was grown organically
If there are 5 digits in the PLU code, and the number starts with an “8”, this tells you that the item is a genetically modified
Avoid papayas that are from Hawaii as a majority of them are genetically modified. The only papayas from Hawaii that are not GM are their original, native papayas. So, if you’re in Hawaii, look for the Kapoho variety. They have a yellowish flesh, not pink like most GMO papayas.
Look for #papayas that are grown in Asia, Mexico, Brazil or Belize. Ask your grocery store. Papayas grow in abundance in these countries, and the good news is that genetic engineering are not practiced there.
The #nonGMO Maradol Papaya forms about 95% of the papaya production from Mexico. The Maradol papayas from Belize are marketed under the names of Caribbean Sunrise or Caribbean Red.
The Royal Star #papaya variety is also from Mexico. It is named such because when cut across, the core center is shaped like a star. #uglybynature