Energy & Environment

Hawaii Farmers, Biotech Industry Challenge Big Island’s GMO Ban

The lawsuit comes after Maui County residents collected enough signatures for an initiative that would impose a temporary moratorium on genetically engineered agriculture.

·By Anita Hofschneider

Several Big Island farmers and flower growers, along with a national trade organization representing the biotech industry, have filed a lawsuit challenging Hawaii County’s ban on genetically modified farming.

The lawsuit comes less than a week after it was announced that Maui County residents had collected enough signatures to place a temporary moratorium on genetically modified agriculture on the ballot this year, part of a broader backlash against genetically modified farming throughout the state.

Hawaii County passed Bill 113 last year prohibiting genetically engineered farming, with the exception of existing crops such as

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