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Kauai, Big Island consider GMO measures

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:57 a.m. HST, Jun 26, 2013

LIHUE » Councils in two Hawaii counties are considering bills related to genetically modified foods several months after state lawmakers turned down a labeling bill.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported today that the Hawaii County Council is expected to hear a proposal to prohibit transgenic crops on the island beyond those already grown on existing farms. The existing farms would face tighter regulations, including signs on the property marking the use of transgenic crops. The farms would also have to register with the county with information including a list of pesticides and herbicides used.

The Garden Island says a Kauai councilman is introducing a bill there to require the county's largest agricultural companies to disclose the use of pesticides and the presence of genetically engineered crops to the county.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
I am unable to locate any third party/independent scientific studies that prove GMOs are bad for your health or the environment. Can someone please advise where to locate the science behind the anti GMO platform?
on June 26,2013 | 11:11AM
Nonamesrs wrote:
If you have internet access there is a documentary called Seeds of Destruction by Null which is very thorough. Also a book by Jeffrey Smith called Seeds of Deception. You can also go to Organic Consumers or to Cornucopia, two online websites that are dedicated to preserving the rights of organic farmers and of consumers who don't want to eat GMOs. There has been no testing in the US other than by the big chemical companies themselves re the safety of GMOs. Smith's book details the fascinating and unsavory story of tests that were done in Scotland in 1999 that showed that the process itself of introducing horizontal genes (that is genes from unlike species, fish into tomatoes, etc.) is unsafe, possibly highly dangerous. Anyone who wants to know about GMOs should read Jeffrey Smith and especially the story of Pusztai, the Scottish investigator, (in the first chapter) who lost his job thanks to the corrupt meddling of the chemical companies. Ultimately, Pusztai prevailed and to date Europe has kept the door closed on GMO food technologies. Good for them! We need to follow suit.
on June 26,2013 | 02:25PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
...a bill there to require the county's largest agricultural companies to disclose the use of pesticides and the presence of genetically engineered crops to the county.

Well, that just makes common sense. Of course this information should be available to the county. Now, as to how the county may use the info....that may need more discussion but disclosure is obviously a necessity.

on June 26,2013 | 11:24AM
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