14 comments on “Hawaiian Papaya Smackdown on Twitter

  1. Meh! She’s a well known crank in many circles. This does not surprise me in the least. I did not know she was in HI. Didn’t she recently run for office in CA?

  2. I just added a wiki inset about her reality show a few years ago called “Roseanne’s Nuts” that focused on her and her macadamia nut farm. She also ran for president on the Green Tea Party ticket, whatever that is…

    • LOL ! Actually, the spacetime rips GMO’s cause help you live forever in infinite causal loops. You get to have your favorite moments over and over again !

  3. The reason papayas in Hawai’i were susceptible to the ringspot virus was because those fields had not been rotated in many many years! Not to mention that the virus does not even affect the fruit, it’s purely cosmetic. Any crop will be susceptible to viruses if it is grown in the same place year after year.

    • I live in Hawaii so I am giving you my first hand experience. Any farmer who knows anything about crop rotation knows that it’s necessary. You cannot keep depleting the soil and expect that adding NPK fertilizer is going to give you long plant health and benefit the microorganisms in the soil. You need to covercrop it so that it puts nutrients back in as well as repelling previous pests. Also, the more organic amendments you have the healthier the soil will be, this is a key part to the health of he plant. They are only now finding how important the tiny microorganisms in the soil are including earthworms. Also, spraying chemicals on plants and field further destroys your soil which leads to more succeptibilities. There is a study that has been done showing that organic farming is more productive and has a higher yield in developing countries than conventional because their fields did not have a long history of overruse/mononcropping and chemical use. In first world countries it was found that for the most part it is opposite because commercial agriculture had for the most part depleted our soils so organic farmers now have to suffer such reprucussions until time will build it up again. Ill post links later, I’m on my phone so it’s quite difficult sorry if there are typos lol

      • Sorry, but there is little to debate regarding organic vs not. The value in each is entirely dependent on the crop, situation, economics, and scale of production. Both can work, both can fail, and neither is truly definable as a single identifiable thing across general agricultural production. I was simply responding to your claims on ring spot which were not true. I never said anything against rotation, soil amendments or cover crops. Whether you’ll believe it or not, the majority of farmers I’ve seen in many years in agriculture do use such techniques for obvious reasons. No matter if you use them or not, these methods and techniques will have minimal, if any, effect on ring spot virus or the spread of its infectious aphids across the landscape. Likewise, spraying pesticides is also known to be minimally effective against these disease vectors. Plant resistance in some form is the best option for dealing with it, no matter what production system you use. And yes, it is a problem. Your claims of such a blissful experience with infected plants is indeed an outlier as this virus and its cousins have caused problems all across the south pacific.

  4. Thanks pdiff. I’m always honored to have an expert chime in and citations put the icing on the cake. I found myself thinking… ok… even if it WERE just cosmetic, which I knew wasn’t true, but if it WERE the case, even THAT would be problematic because the truth is no one buys an ugly fruit.

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