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Trial begins in Kauai residents' suit over GMO farm dust

Trial begins in Kauai residents' suit over GMO farm dust Trial begins in Kauai residents' suit over GMO farm dust

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A trial is underway in a lawsuit by a group of Kauai residents who are suing a major seed company over genetically modified crop fields they say blow pesticide-laden dust onto their homes.

An attorney for the Waimea residents told jurors in opening statements on Wednesday in federal court in Honolulu that DuPont Pioneer hasn't practiced responsible farming.

The lawsuit was filed in 2011, before Kauai and other Hawaii counties attempted to regulate GMOs in response to citizen concerns. The lawsuit says the dust has diminished their property values and contains unknown health risks.

Pioneer's attorney told jurors southwest Kauai has been dusty long before the company started farming on the island in 1960.

Residents are expected to testify about how the dust has affected their lives.

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