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Big Island councilwoman introducing new GMO bill

  • KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COMAnti-GMO protestors march in the Aloha Aina march down Kamehameha Hwy. in Haleiwa against Monsanto's lease renewal from Kamehameha Schools on Sunday, December 15, 2013.
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    Anti-GMO protestors march in the Aloha Aina march down Kamehameha Hwy. in Haleiwa against Monsanto's lease renewal from Kamehameha Schools on Sunday, December 15, 2013.

HILO >> A Big Island councilwoman is introducing a bill to ban all genetically-modified crops on the island, despite new limits already being implemented through a bill passed one month ago.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that Hawaii County Councilwoman Brenda Ford is bringing back a bill that was shot down in a committee vote in September.

Ford says it’s worthwhile to bring the bill back to have a discussion of where the county moves on genetically-modified crops. But she says she doesn’t expect the bill to pass.

Ford says she will bring the bill back to the council’s public safety committee next month, after she gets over an illness.

A bill signed in December by Mayor Billy Kenoi restricts the planting of genetically modified crops to enclosed structures, like greenhouses.

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