Gov Wades Into Hawaii Pesticide Debate as Kauai Poised to Take Action

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is trying to cool the heated debate over GMOs and pesticides on Kauai by promising that the state will increase its oversight of pesticide use.

Yet the governor’s sudden entry into the escalating fight over biotech, which comes just as the Kauai County Council is considering tough restrictions on pesticides, has angered GMO opponents more than it has pacified them.

Biotech companies applauded Abercrombie's proposal, which came in a press release Monday. The governor's statement said that agriculture companies have agreed to comply with new health and safety regulations.

But supporters of the far-reaching bill before the Kauai County Council say the governor is trying to derail the county effort.

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