Wednesday, February 19, 2003

The Times editorializes on herbicide resistance: "Industrial agriculture is always searching for a silver bullet, forgetting that eventually a silver bullet misfires."

The Honolulu paper reports that not everyone is happy about Hawai'i's extensive GE crop trials:

A database of field tests for genetically engineered crops in Hawai'i shows the government processed 557 applications from more than a dozen different companies and institutions from Jan. 1, 2000, through Jan. 30. Only a handful of the applications was denied....

"Hawai'i has the greatest number of regulated plots of any state in the country. We have a lot of work going on here, but most are small � just a few rows," said Mike Beyersdorf, a board member of the Hawai'i Crop Improvement Association and a Monsanto seed scientist.

Okada said there are so many trials in the Islands that neither she nor the U.S. Department of Agriculture is able to inspect all of them....

"There are certain islands that have these tests, but nobody can find out because it's confidential business information," said Nancy Redfeather, a member of the Hawai'i Island Genetic Engineering Action Network, who has a small organic farm in Kainaliu on the Big Island.

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