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Apr 1, 2010

HCIA Video "Seeds of Promise": Benefits For Hawaii

The Hawaii Crop Impovement Association has released a new video entitled "Seeds of Promise": Benefits for Hawaii.  The video includes the online video testimony of numerous plant geneticists that worked on the producing a gene-modified (GM) papaya including Dennis Gonsalves and others scientists at the University of Hawaii who work on the development of new hybrid and gene-modified (GM) seeds.  Along with discussing how Hawaii has benefitted from adoption of GM crops and co-existence laws, this video also discusses the devastation of the papaya industry and shows many perspectives from Hawaiian fields. 

The HCIA's description of the video segments include:

Preview - to view this video click here.

Chapter 1 - "The first chapter of the new video from HCIA highlights the benefits that agricultural biotechnology is having on Hawaii directly. It's contributing to the livelihood of farmers, the health of our environment and the strength of our economy. With its year-round growing season, skilled workforce and expert knowledge base, Hawaii has become the gateway to the future of worldwide agriculture. By integrating innovative technology with local farming practices, agricultural biotechnology can continue to grow the state's agricultural sector and preserve the landscapes that define our Islands." To see the video click here.

Chapter 2 on Stewardship & Sustainable Agriculture - This video "focuses on agriculture biotechnology's safe and significant contributions to sustainable agriculture in Hawaii, promoting responsible stewardship of the aina, keeping agricultural lands in production and creating fulfilling jobs in rural communities."

Chapter 3 on Economic Benefits - "The value of seed companies has continued to steadily grow since the industry sprouted roots in Hawaii more than 40 years ago. As seen in this third chapter of the HCIA's video, Hawaii's seed crop industry is represented by five companies that operate farms or other facilities on Oahu, Kauai, Molokai and Maui. These companies employ nearly 2,000 people throughout the state and collectively generate $13.8 million per year in tax revenues." To see this video click here.

Chapter 4 on Co-Existence - "In this fourth chapter of HCIA's video we recognize that the essence of coexistence is being a good neighbor. Research tells us that coexistence can work and different methods of agriculture can successfully flourish within reasonable proximity of one another. The key to this success is an open channel of communication among Hawaii's growers. Hawaii is a gateway to worldwide agricultural production, and we can expand coexistence knowledge and best practices here to strengthen its use in other regions. To see this video click here.

Chapter 5 on Safety and World-wide Acceptance - "Biotech crops are among the most extensively tested and well-regulated food, feed and fiber products ever developed. In this last chapter of HCIA's video, we emphasize that all commercial biotech crops are thoroughly assessed for human and animal health, as well as environmental safety. Without the proper evaluations and regulations in place, farmers would be not be permitted to grow and sell these products. What's more, bioengineered crops--and the food and feed produced from them--have been found to be just as nutritious and safe as their conventionally grown counterparts." To see this video click here.

Chapter 6 - "In the last chapter, HCIA sheds light on agricultural biotechnology as an important, viable industry to the state of Hawaii. With it, it brings not only food and feed to the people of Hawaii, but our farms contribute to the beautiful landscape of the Islands as well. The seed crop industry, along with biotechnology can provide real-world solutions for solving the world's food crisis and create a new economy in Hawaii as the center of new and innovative agriculture." To view this video click here.

The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA) was founded on Molokai in 1971 by Dr. James Brewbaker.  It is a nonprofit trade association representing the agricultural seed industry in Hawaii.  Member companies include Dow AgroScience, Monsanto, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Syngenta and BASF. These companies and other members Hawaii seed companies use plant breeding practices to produce both conventional and biotech parent seed lines. Most of the corn planted around the world—including biotech corn—spends at least some portion of its development time in Hawaii. These seed lines are used to produce commercial quantities of conventional and biotech seeds for new and improved crops.

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