Food Engineering

Eco-terrorism may be responsible for attack on genetically modified papaya field in Hawaii

About 100 trees were hacked down on Thursday night on a farm that has been targeted before.

September 30, 2013

Hawaii papaya field
A field of genetically modified papaya was cut down in Hawaii last Thursday in an incident authorities now say may be an act of eco-terrorism. Damages in the incident are estimated at only $3,000, but 10 acres of GMO papaya trees were cut down on the same farm in 2011. Two bills relating to genetically modified crops are currently pending in the Hawaiian legislature, including one that would require GMO papaya trees to be cut down and farmers caught growing the crop to face jail and fines. Most papaya in Hawaii is grown from a seed that has been genetically modified to be resistant to a ring spot virus that threatened the industry in the 1950's.