• Papaya production taking a tumble

    Posted on March 19, 2006 by in Agriculture, News

    By Sean Hao Advertiser Staff Writer Honolulu Advertiser March 19, 2006 Hawai’i papaya production sank to a more than 25-year low last year despite record demand among U.S. consumers for the tropical fruit. Americans on average now eat 1 pound of papaya annually, which is up from less than one-third of a pound just 10 […]

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  • Biotech crop trials criticized

    Posted on December 30, 2005 by in Agriculture, News

    APHIS cited for inadequate regulation of GMOs By Advertiser Staff and News Services Honolulu Advertiser December 30, 2005 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has failed to properly oversee field trials of genetically engineered crops, including plants designed to produce chemicals for medical and industrial uses, investigators say. A report released Thursday by the […]

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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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  • CPHC Statement

    Posted on June 10, 2004 by in Agriculture

    June 10 2004 statement on GMO coffe by the Coalition to Protect Hawai’i’s Coffee Coalition to Protect Hawaii Coffee (CPHC) June 10, 2004 CPHC’s position is that no genetically modified coffee is commercially grown in Hawaii and it is the CPHC’s position that none should be commercially grown or field-tested in Hawaii at this time.  CPHC […]

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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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  • Hawaii County Council resolution 236-02

    Posted on September 25, 2002 by in Legislation

    Resolution 236-02 by the Hawai’i County council “Supporting the Development of a Regional Review Protocol prior to Any Release or Planting of Genetically Modified (GM) Coffee in the Districts of North and South Kona” September 25, 2002 Council of the County of Hawaii Resolution Res. 236-02, Draft 3 A Resolution Supporting the Development of a […]

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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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