What’s Wrong with Crop Biotechnology in Hawaii

by Hector Valenzuela
kNOwGMOs (formerly HI GEAN OAHU)

Biotechnology has been heralded as one of the hot industries with the potential to help Hawaii’s ailing economy loosen its dependence from tourism and the military. Policy makers and university administrators have enthusiastically talked about the great potentials for
biotechnology in Hawaii. As an acknowledgement the biotech industry named Governor Cayetano the “Biotech Governor” of the year for 2002 for helping to launch the biotech industry in the state. But the entire biotech picture is not as rosy as some would claim, as shown by the recent fines imposed by the EPA on Pioneer Hi-Bred for GMO pollen
contamination in their Kauai research plots.

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