Hawaii's first Bio-Tech Summit held at Sheraton Waikiki

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Bio-engineered foods were the hot topic at Hawaii's first ever Bio-Tech Summit Monday.

Fruits like Hawaii's rainbow papayas, for instance, have been genetically engineered to withstand the ring-spot virus.

At the summit, experts discussed the state's economic growth by way of scientific progress.

"Unfortunately there is a fear of genetically engineering. Those types of anti-science sentiments often prevail and it's a local minority that would like to put those tools outside the reach of the farmer," director of Hawaii Crop Improvement Association Alicia Maluafiti said.

GMO critics say there's never enough research when dealing with DNA and genes.

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