• HB 1226 – GMO Preemption Bill (2009)

    Posted on March 14, 2009 by in Legislation

    HB 1226 would prohibit state and county government from banning or otherwise regulating activities related to genetically modified plant organisms. From the text of HB 1226: “Description: Prohibits state administrative regulatory actions and county regulatory actions from banning or otherwise regulating activities related to genetically modified plant organisms, with certain exceptions (HB1226 HD1)” HB 1226 revokes […]

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  • 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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  • Kalo: Our Brother

    Posted on September 15, 2007 by in Videos

    Hawaiian taro farmers fight for water rights to grow taro and poi.

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  • GM Taro Protest in Hawai‘i

    Posted on August 9, 2007 by in Videos

    Documentation of and call to action to stop genetic engineering of Haloa, the Taro, elder sibling of the Hawaiian people.

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  • GMO coffee moratorium – HB 1577

    Posted on July 1, 2007 by in Legislation

    House Bill 1577 to legislate a five-year moratorium on GMO coffee Report Title: Genetically Modified Coffee; Prohibition Description: Temporarily prohibits the growing of genetically modified coffee.  Allows research on genetically modified coffee in environmentally secure facilities. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES H.B. NO. 1577 TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2007 H.D. 1 STATE OF HAWAII A BILL FOR AN ACT […]

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  • Taro Moratorium Demonstrations

    Posted on April 5, 2007 by in Videos

    In 2007 in Hawaii, HB958 placing a 10 year moratorium on Genetically Modified taro passed the state senate. It moved to the House where Clifton Tsuji refused to hear the bill. Here is footage of demonstration of Native Hawaiians and Taro farmers demanding the Tsuji hear the bill.

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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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