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  • Kona judge orders study of imported algae’s effects

    Posted on October 14, 2005 by in News

    Mera wants to produce genetically modified strains on the Big Island By Rod Thompson Honolulu Star Bulletin October 14, 2005 KEALAKEKUA A Kona judge has ruled that the state Board of Agriculture must prepare an environmental assessment before Mera Pharmaceuticals Inc. can start large-scale production of genetically modified algae at the Natural Energy Laboratory of […]

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  • Court Orders Public Oversight of ‘Biopharm’ Experiment in Hawai`i

    Posted on October 10, 2005 by in News

    Environmental Review Required for Genetically Engineered Algae Project By EarthJustice EarthJustice Press Release October 10, 2005 Kailua-Kona, HI Yesterday, citizen groups ‘Ohana Pale Ke Ao, Kohanaiki ‘Ohana, GMO Free Hawai’i, and Sierra Club, Hawai’i Chapter, represented by Earthjustice, obtained a court judgment in their favor in a lawsuit they brought in the Circuit Court of […]

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  • Plenty Papaya Problems

    Posted on March 31, 2003 by in Agriculture, News

    Scientists square off over how safe Hawaii’s genetically modified papaya is for consumers. By Alan D. McNarie Hawai’i Island Journal March 31, 2003 “Would it surprise you to know that saving a crop from a virus helped save a community from disaster?” began a full page ad in the National Geographic last year. The ad […]

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  • Black Market in Golden Fruit: Transgenic Seeds Tempt Thieves

    Posted on June 1, 1999 by in Agriculture, News

    Crops and robbers By Teresa Dawson Environment Hawai’i June 01, 1999 When it comes to the use of genetically engineered seeds, Big Island papaya farmers “don’t have much choice,” says Stephanie Whalen, director of the Hawai`i Agriculture Research Center. “They either use the seeds, or they don’t have an industry.” Since 1992, when the papaya […]

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  • Human error and GMO contamination

    Posted on May 31, 1999 by in Agriculture, News

    By Teresa DawsonEnvironment Hawai’i May 31, 1999 A Quiet Revolution Genetically Engineered Crops Change The Face Of Hawai`i Agriculture On January 25, 1998, University of Hawai`i horticulturalist Richard Manshardt informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture of “a minor problem that has occurred in our papaya field.” At the time, Manshardt was conducting field tests of […]

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