Four nonprofit groups are appealing a federal court decision that overturned Kauai County’s highly debated anti-GMO law.
The Kauai County Council also approved up to $12,750 for the appeal last week.
Bill 2491, also known as Ordinance 960, required large agricultural companies to share details about their use of restricted pesticides, respect buffer zones when spraying pesticides, and disclose their cultivation of genetically modified crops.
A federal judge struck down the law last month, concluding that the county doesn’t have the right to regulate pesticides and genetically engineered crops.
Hawaiian Electric Co. is asking its Oahu customers to cut back on their air conditioners, limit hot showers, dishwashing and and cooking to avoid power outages this evening.
The hot, muggy weather, light winds and a downed power plant have contributed to heightened demand and decreased power supply, according to a HECO press release. A power plant owned by Kalaeloa Partners is out of service due to “unexpected repairs” and Oahu’s wind farms aren’t generating a lot of energy because of the low winds.
Customers are being asked to conserve energy between the hours
Are Whole Foods Markets cynically playing on the ignorance of anti-GMO consumers to maximize the company’s profits? That’s the core question raised by journalist Michael Schulson in his Sept. 15 article, “Whole Foods’ Anti-GMO Swindle.”
Schulson’s logic, laid out in the Daily Beast, is that the small “Non-GMO Project Verified” labels found on many products for sale in Whole Foods’ pricey stores are there to cash in on fear, rather than to protect consumers.
He describes what he sees as a sort of collusion of interests between Whole Foods, other health food
Groceries, food makers and biotech companies opposed to laws that would require genetically modified products to be labeled have spent far more money lobbying this year than in 2013.
Reuters has reported that the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto, DuPont, Coca-Cola and others opposed to mandatory labeling spent $27.5 million during the first six months of 2014, according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that supports GMO labeling. That’s up from $9.3 million in all of 2013.
Groups who support GMO labeling have disclosed spending $1.9 million in lobbying expenses
Hawaiian Electric Co. is warning customers on Oahu who have hooked up solar systems to its grid without the utility’s approval to shut them down or utility workers will.
“After sufficient notice, if a customer does not disconnect the PV system and notify Hawaiian Electric, PUC rules give the utility authority to shut off the system and lock it to prevent interconnection until technical and other checks confirm it is safe,” according to a HECO press release. “Regular electric service will continue for customers with locked-out PV systems.”
A new lava flow on the Big Island has spurred Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie to sign an emergency proclamation.
The lava, which is coming from vents that opened in June, is expected to reach the boundary of the Kaohe Homesteads as soon as Tuesday. If it continues to flow east-northeast, it will eventually cross Highway 130.
County officials have identified two abandoned roads — Railroad Avenue and Government Beach Road — to be improved and used as alternate routes should access be cut off by the lava flow.
Opponents of Vermont’s new GMO labeling law are citing a recent federal court ruling in Hawaii to try to block the Center for Food Safety from helping to defend Vermont, Politico reported Wednesday.
On Aug. 22, Judge Barry Kurren denied the Center for Food Safety’s request to intervene on behalf of Hawaii County to defend the county’s new partial ban on genetically engineered crops. The Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association and several other farming groups sued the county in June saying that the law was unfair and burdensome.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sailed aboard Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia in Apia Harbor, Samoa yesterday.
According to a press release from the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the UN leader joined the worldwide voyaging crew along with artist Wyland and Blue Planet founder Henk Rogers.
“Hōkūle’a, our voyaging canoe, threads together stories of hope as she voyages across the world’s oceans,” said Nainoa Thompson, president and master navigator of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. “We are inspired that His Excellency Ban Ki-moon and island leaders are coming together on Hōkūle’a’s deck around shared values of
Even savvy consumers may be eating more mercury than they realize thanks to retail outlets in America mislabeling Chilean sea bass.
University of Hawaii scientists have found that Chilean sea bass certified by the Marine Stewardship Council are generally a healthier option than uncertified fish, but not always because of fishery-stock substitutions.
“Accurate labeling of seafood is essential to allow consumers to choose sustainable fisheries,” said UH Manoa biologist Peter Marko, lead author of the new study published in the scientific journal PLOS One, in a news release Monday.