Energy & Environment

Federal Judge Invalidates Kauai’s Anti-GMO Law

UPDATE: Officials on the Big Island and in Maui County are analyzing the implications of Monday's court decision striking down Kauai's regulations on GMO farming and pesticides.

·By Anita Hofschneider

A federal judge has struck down Kauai County’s ordinance requiring more disclosure from biotechnology companies about pesticide use and genetically engineered farming practices. The court ruling is a setback for the growing movement against biotechnology companies in Hawaii, where seed corn is the biggest export crop.

U.S. District Court Judge Barry M. Kurren ruled Monday that the Kauai County ordinance known as Bill 2491 or Ordinance 960 unlawfully preempts state law governing pesticide use.

“This decision in no way diminishes the health and environmental concerns of the people of Kauai,” Kurren wrote.

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