Energy & EnvironmentHawaii

Biotech Trade Group Brings Muscle to Hawaii County GMO Fight

The national nonprofit is backing Big Island farmers in a lawsuit against Bill 113, which bans most genetically modified crops.

·By Anita Hofschneider

The Biotechnology Industry Organization spent nearly $8 million last year lobbying federal officials, making it one of the top 50 spenders on national lobbying, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Now the influential global trade group that includes more than 1,000 biotechnology companies has turned its sights on Hawaii.

The organization joined nine local groups and individuals from the Big Island last week to challenge Hawaii County’s ban on genetically modified farming.

The county passed the law known as Bill 113 last year as part of a broader movement against genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

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Any thoughts on the Biotechnology Industry Organization's involvement in the Big Island GMO debate?