The Battle Over GMOs in Hawaii

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Adam Skolnick, author of the Salon article GMOs are Tearing a Tropical Paradise Apart, will talk about the legislative battles being waged over GMO seeds in Hawaii. With its fertile volcanic soil, Hawaii has become a hub for the development of genetically engineered crops like corn, and has more experimental GMO field trials than any other US state. While some claim that GMO seeds have saved local crops like papayas, and that the GMO industry is essential to Hawaii’s economy, others claim that the new crops are a health risk, exposing Hawaiians to dust and pesticides.