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The Big Island's GMO Debate

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KONA, HAWAII - JULY 20: (FEATURE STORY - KONA COFFEE 6 0F 16) Kona coffee beans ripening to varying degrees at the Dragon's Lair Coffee Estate July 20, 2002 in Kona, Hawaii. Scientist at the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center and the University of Hawaii are developing a nematode resistant variety. Kona coffee growers are concerned that cross-pollination from genetically modified coffee plants would destroy the market for domestic and international premium variety Kona coffee. (Photo by Phil | Phil Mislinski via Getty Images

KONA, Hawaii — From the moment the bill to ban genetically engineered crops on the island of Hawaii was introduced in May 2013, it garnered more vocal support than any the County Council here had ever considered, even the perennially popular bids to decriminalize marijuana.

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