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Aya Hirata Kimura and Krisnawati Suryanata

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824858537

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824858537.001.0001

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Seeds of Contestation

Seeds of Contestation

The Emergence of Hawai‘i’s Seed Corn Industry

(p.138) 6 Seeds of Contestation
Food and Power in Hawai'i

Benjamin Schrager

, Krisnawati Suryanata
University of Hawai'i Press

The chapter examines the emergence of Hawai‘i’s seed corn industry (HSCI) that has skyrocketed since the mid-2000s while other types of agriculture faltered. Hawai‘i had served as a winter nursery for seed corporations since the 1960s, but this relatively minor role dramatically changed in the 2000s when the corn seed industry underwent a series of techno-scientific innovations and organizational restructuring. The chapter demonstrates how operating a year-round nursery such as those found in Hawai‘i became a critical strategy for a seed corporation to remain competitive. The new structure also increases technical and capital barrier to entry and furthers consolidation of the seed supply industry. As these agricultural corporations became more dominant, genetic engineering became a potent symbol of everything that was wrong with globalization and agricultural industrialization, and the most vigorously contested agricultural technology, especially in Hawai‘i.

Keywords:   seed corn, breeding, biotechnology, tropical nursery, consolidation, anti-GMO

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