BREAKING NEWS: Big Island of Hawaii Moves to Ban GMOs!

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The Big Island of Hawaii County Council Committee passed a GMO prohibition Bill by a vote of 6-2. The Bill 113 passed out of committee and is progressing to the full Council, set for October 16th.

The Bill is relevant to the island of Hawaii, known as “The Big Island.” The two “no” votes were Greggor Ilagan and Chair J Yoshimoto. Dennis “Fresh” Onishi was absent.

The Bill 113 will ban all open air cultivation of GMOs, with the exception of papaya which already has genetically modified forms being grown on the island. Other than this, the Hawaii island is the final to not yet have GMO crops in the state of Hawaii.

Watch the voting on Bill 113 below:

  • Sabina Blessington

    Wooohoooo! This is great news. I do not advocate for GMO or non GMO per se, but believe that it is highly irresponsible to open air test anything without any idea whatsoever of the long term impacts. For the same reason we have restrictions on many plants and animals, we need to err on the side of caution with regard to something not even found in nature, which means we know even LESS abut how it will behave and/or affect its environment.

    I am so proud of our council for making the tough but wise decision. I had begun to sense that big money/AG business would bully their way to a victory at the expense of many.

    I pray other islands follow suit.

    Mahalo to ALL who spoke, participated, debated and voted.

    Sabina

  • First Officer

    This bill will require GMO farmers to register with the government, much like sex offenders.

  • jon

    Fight wont be over till 85% of store food here in hawaii doesn’t contain gmo

    our people still eat it from safeway!