Category Archives: News

  • Hawai’i County Council passes no-GMO bill unanimously

    Posted on November 13, 2008 by in News

    Moratorium on GMO taro and coffee on Hawai’i Island is passed by council in response to overwhelming citizen support Jerry Konanui writes: Hawaii County Council heard the overwhelming voices of Taro, Coffee Growers and Consumers and stood by them. Unlike State House of Representative Agriculture Committee Chairman Clift Tsuji who after receiving over 7000 voices […]

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  • Hawai’i County Council overrides Mayor’s veto of no-GMO bill

    Posted on November 13, 2008 by in News

    Special hearing leads to Council override. In a special hearing on November 13th, 2008, with citizens testifying overwhelmingly in support, the Hawai’i County Council voted to override the Mayor’s veto of bill 361, banning genetically engineered taro and coffee in Hawai’i County (Hawai’i Island). They had unanimously approved the bill approximately one month earlier, however Mayor […]

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  • Hawaii consumers have right to know if their food is GE

    Posted on February 28, 2008 by in Hawaii Island News, Kaua‘i News, Maui News, Moloka‘i News, News, O‘ahu News

    Editorial by Mike Gabbard Honolulu Star Bulletin February 27, 2008 Eighty-five percent of Hawaii residents think it’s important that genetically engineered fruit be labeled. That was the shocking statistic that I read in a study by Sabry Shehata, an agricultural economics professor at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.If you’re not familiar, genetic engineering, producing what are […]

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  • Hawaiians, farmers push for hearing over GMO taro bill

    Posted on March 30, 2007 by in Agriculture, News

    By Mark Niesse Honolulu Advertiser March 30, 2007 Upset over the death of a bill that would ban genetic modification of taro, farmers and Native Hawaiians yesterday shouted down chief lawmakers in a noisy protest at the state Capitol. Protesters wanted lawmakers to hold a hearing on a bill that would place a 10-year moratorium […]

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  • Rice board spurns biotech

    Posted on March 14, 2007 by in News

    State commission worries test plants would cut sales overseas By Jim Downing Sacramento Bee March 14, 2007 The California Rice Commission on Wednesday called for a moratorium on experimental plantings of genetically modified rice in the state, saying federal controls meant to keep such varieties from contaminating commercial rice are inadequate. “We have to protect […]

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  • Judge halts sales of Monsanto GE alfalfa

    Posted on March 11, 2007 by in News

    Preliminary injunction bans sale and planting of Monsanto genetically engineered alfalfa after March 30 2007 By Carey Gillam Reuters March 11, 2007 Kansas City, Missouri (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction banning the sale of Monsanto Co.’s genetically modified alfalfa and any planting of the seed after March 30. U.S. District […]

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  • Federal Court orders halt to new field trials of GE crops

    Posted on February 5, 2007 by in News

    Federal court orders for the first time a halt to new field trials of genetically engineered crops – far-reaching decision requires more rigorous environmental review for future trials – past trials on genetically engineered creeping bentgrass ruled illegal By Center for Food Safety Center for Food Safety Press Release February 05, 2007 Washington, DC – In […]

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  • Court Rules Federal Government Acted Illegally In Permitting Field Trials Of Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops In Hawai’i

    Posted on August 13, 2006 by in News

    Ruling First Ever on Controversial Drug-Producing GE Crops By Center for Food Safety Center for Food Safety Press Release August 13, 2006 Honolulu, HI Citing possible harm to Hawaii’s 329 endangered and threatened species, a federal district judge has ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in permitting […]

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  • Papaya production taking a tumble

    Posted on March 19, 2006 by in Agriculture, News

    By Sean Hao Advertiser Staff Writer Honolulu Advertiser March 19, 2006 Hawai’i papaya production sank to a more than 25-year low last year despite record demand among U.S. consumers for the tropical fruit. Americans on average now eat 1 pound of papaya annually, which is up from less than one-third of a pound just 10 […]

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  • Biotech crop trials criticized

    Posted on December 30, 2005 by in Agriculture, News

    APHIS cited for inadequate regulation of GMOs By Advertiser Staff and News Services Honolulu Advertiser December 30, 2005 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has failed to properly oversee field trials of genetically engineered crops, including plants designed to produce chemicals for medical and industrial uses, investigators say. A report released Thursday by the […]

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