Swiss Seed Giant to Sell Hawaii Operations

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HONOLULU (AP) — A Swiss agrochemicals company caught up in legal battles over its farming of genetically modified crops in Hawaii is planning to sell its operations in the state.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Syngenta announced Tuesday it's looking for a buyer for nearly 6,000 acres of land it leases or owns on Oahu and Kauai. The company says it'll continue to operate in Hawaii, but under a contract with a new owner.

A Sygenta spokesman declined to say why the company has chosen to sell other than it being "a change of approach to the business model."

Sygenta and other seed companies have sued Hawaii counties that passed laws in recent years restricting their operations. The companies won their case in federal court, and the counties appealed. A decision is pending.

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