Hawaii Takes Center Stage in Growing Anti-GMO Movement

Hawaii is the latest stage for the growing movement against genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

As the Hawaii Tribune Herald reported, the Hawaii County Council voted 6-3 on Tuesday to pass a bill that “restricts the expansion of transgenic crops grown on the Big Island by limiting most of their use to enclosed structures, such as a greenhouse.”

Cheering the vote, Volcano resident Blake Watson said, “This is a great first step.”

Excluded from the bill, according to the Associated Press, are farmers who already grow GM crops, like papaya growers, who “largely rely on transgenic varieties.”

Mayor Billy Kenoi has said he will decide next week whether to veto or approve the bill.

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The vote on the big island “comes just days after the Hawaiian island of Kauai pushed forward legislation that severely increases regulations of biotech companies,” the Huffington Post reports.

Explaining the growing momentum against the biotechnology companies in Hawaii, Andrea Brower recently wrote:

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