GMOs. GE. Transgenic.
"I think a lot of people actually don't even know what that means," said Maui Councilmember Elle Cochran.
Genetic Engineering has entered our food chain in a big way.
In 2012, more than half of the crops grown in the United States are GMOs.
According to the USDA, 88% of all corn crops, 90% of cotton crops, and 94% of soybean crops are GMO crops.
In 2010, U.S. farmers planted 165 million acres of GMO crops.
In fact, the U.S. uses more genetically modified seeds than any other country in the world.
"This is the kind of corn we work with here," said Fred Perlak, head of operations for Monsanto Hawaii, as he showed reporter Lara Yamada ears of corn in a Kunia field.
"This is an important location for our worldwide operations. What we do here is build new varieties of corn and soybean," Perlak said.
"You actually take a bag and put it over the tassel, knock the pollen off, then take the bag and pour the pollen on top of the silts and then put another bag on so no additional pollen will come on," he said.