No GMOs in Our Poi, Thanks

You don’t have to worry that your morning cup of Kona coffee will have fish genes spliced into it—the County Council of Hawaii’s Big Island, which encompasses a vast growing region in its center, just banned genetically modified taro and coffee.

While farmers in general supported the ban, the island’s Chamber of Commerce and Farm Bureau Federation opposed it, worrying that the ban could make Hawaii’s crops vulnerable to disease and imported pests. But Kihei Nahale-a, a Hawaiian studies instructor, noted that it is culturally disrespectful to genetically modify taro, “and there’s no reason to, actually. Kalo is perfect. Why should we change something that works?”

Oh, I don’t know. Kicks?

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