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NY Times Highlights GMO Fight In Hawaii

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Papaya farmer, Albert Kung, checks the leaves on a genetically engineered papaya tree at Kamiya Farm in Laie, Hawaii, Jan. 10, 2006. Hawaii has, for better or worse, long-served as the world's largest outdoor biotechnology lab. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman) | AP

WAIMEA, Hawaii -- The balmy tropical isles here seem worlds apart from the expansive cornfields of the Midwest, but Hawaii has become the latest battleground in the fight over genetically modified crops.

Over the last decade, the state has become a hub for the development of genetically engineered corn and other crops that are sold to farmers around the globe. Monsanto and other seed companies have moved here en masse, and corn now sprouts on thousands of acres where sugar or pineapples once grew.

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