GMO flash point

Agriculture isn’t the first thing most people think of when they hear “Hawaii.”

The reality is that Hawaii’s favorable year-round growing conditions have led to a thriving seed crop industry in the state, with seed corn particularly important. Seed from corn and other crops raised in Hawaii has become a key component of U.S. agriculture.

So there are far-ranging consequences to efforts by some residents of the state  to regulate genetically modified crops and the pesticides used on them. One county already has passed a law to to create buffer zones around GMO crops on large farms. The law is set to take effect in August; seed companies have sued to stop it.

What’s happening in Hawaii is another reminder of how interconnected modern agriculture has become. What happens in one part of the world inevitably has ramifications, often big ones, elsewhere.

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