Dr. James Brewbaker, founder of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, was recently featured in Hawaiian Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Hana Hou. Brewbaker, who has been researching plant breeding at the University of Hawaii Manoa for more than 50 years, has dedicated his life to creating hybrid variations of corn and other plants in order to create higher yielding, disease-resistant crops that will better feed the world. Initially called to the islands to assist Waimanalo farmers in fighting the maize mosaic virus, Brewbaker is now responsible for the $223 million Hawaii seed industry…not to mention putting the sweetness in Hawaiian sweet corn. As a master of conventional plant breeding, Brewbaker is excited by genetically modified organisms, saying that if there weren’t a patent on the genetic engineering process, he would be doing it himself.
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