Hawaiian Court blocks GMO regulation

It's a local bill that pitted the residents of Kauai against biggest big business.
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It's a local bill that pitted the residents of Kauai against biggest big business. The legislation would have restricted the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. It's now pretty much dead. A federal judge in Hawaii struck down the ordinance, saying it is preempted by state law. Hawaii's soil is ideal for crops year-round. The state has become the home of genetically engineered seeds that are used around the world. But residents in Hawaii feel the overly developed agriculture industry put their health at risk, especially the added exposure to pesticides. The court ruled against the residents, but said the health concerns are entirely legitimate. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren wrote, "This decision in no way diminishes the health and environmental concerns of the people of Kauai. The court's ruling simply recognizes that the State of Hawaii has established a comprehensive framework for addressing the application of restricted-use pesticides." The councilmen who introduced the bill said they will appeal. But for now, there is no regulation against pesticides and GMO crops that are made by companies like DuPont, Syngenta and Agrigenetics.