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New Hawai’i Bills Seek to Undermine Kauai and Big Island’s GMO Regulatory Laws – January 24, 2014

Identical House and Senate bills aim to strengthen Hawaii’s Right to Farm Act and protect “modern farming practices”

Update 2, 3:20 p.m: Follow the Money: GMO seed company lobbyist threw fundraising events in December for three state senators who introduced SB 3058 yesterday. (Please scroll to the bottom of the copy to read more.)

UPDATE, 10.00 a.m

Big Biotech and its supporters are battening down the hatches against the growing movement against the GMO seeds industry in Hawai’i. Yesterday, (January 23), just two weeks after three big GMO seed companies sued Kauai County over its new GMO regulatory law, Hawai’i state legislators have introduced a two identical bills in the state House and Senate that would prevent the island state’s counties from passing any laws that limit the… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Big Biotech Does As Expected – Sues Kauai Over GMO Law – January 13, 2014

Suit claims economic harm and discrimination. Law supporters prepare for protracted battle

As was expected, Big Biotech’s legal juggernaut has rolled into action in Hawai’i. On Friday afternoon, three big agrochemical companies — Pioneer-DuPont, Syngenta, and Agrigenetics Inc (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical) — filed a suit in a federal court in Honolulu seeking to block Kauai County’s new GMO regulatory law. Two other big agribusiness concerns on the island that will be affected by the law — Kauai Coffee and BASF — haven’t joined the suit.

Dow's farm on KauaiPhoto by Samuel Morgan ShawDust drift from tilling on a Dow Agrosciences field in Kauai. Many island residents are concerned about the health and environmental… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Sea Shepherd Catches Japanese Whaling Fleet With Dead Minkes Inside Ocean Sanctuary – January 6, 2014

Conservation group urges Australia to take action, monitor Japan's "scientific research"

The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says it located a Japanese whaling fleet inside the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary on Sunday and has recorded evidence that the fleet has already slaughtered at least four whales. The group is now urging Australia to take action against the incident.

Bloody deck of whaling shipPhotos by Tim Watters/Sea Shepherd AustraliaThe bloodied deck of the Nisshin Maru.Though commercial whaling is banned by the International Whaling Commission, Japan continues to hunt whales claiming it's for "scientific research."

Commercial hunting of whales is prohibited in the sanctuary, but Japan claims that it is capturing the animals for “scientific research.” However, the… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Hawai‘i Citizens Brave Stormy Weather to March Against Big Biotech – December 16, 2013

Rally and non-GMO potluck celebrate recent successes, look ahead to further battles

Slashing rain, rolling thunder, lightning flashes — the island of O‘ahu woke Sunday morning to a severe storm advisory and warnings of flash floods. But the crummy weather that kept most people away from the beaches didn’t deter a spirited crowd of local citizens and activists from gathering in the town of Hale‘iwa on the island’s North Shore to celebrate the anti-GMO movement’s recent successes and keep up the pressure against the agri-biotech industry in Hawai‘i.

 

protest walk down the highwayPhotos by Maureen Nandini Mitra

Sporting a motley mix of rain gear, some 700 people trickled into a 7-Eleven parking lot on the south end… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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In Unexpected Move, Big Island Mayor Approves Bill Restricting GMO Crops – December 6, 2013

Bill 113 blocks biotech companies from setting up shop on Hawai‘i’s largest island

In a move that took many anti-GMO activists by surprise yesterday, Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi signed a bill banning biotech companies and farmers from growing any new genetically altered crop on Big Island.

Hawaii mayor Billy Kenoi Photo courtesy Hawai'i CountyIn a letter explaining his decision, Mayor Billy Kenoi acknowledged that the bill had
been “divisive and hurtful” at times and said it was “time to end the angry rhetoric
and reach out to our neighbors.”

Bill 113 effectively halts the expansion of GMO crops on Hawai‘i’s largest island (after which the state is named) by prohibiting open-air cultivation of… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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