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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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Anti GE Tree Activists Kicked Off Florida University Campus, Spied on by FBI – December 2, 2013

Colleges and universities offer little room for informed discourse on plant biotech

A few months ago, while reporting an article about genetically engineered trees for Earth Island Journal’s Autumn issue (read the story here), I had a mighty hard time locating plant biologists or genetic engineers at academic institutions who were willing to talk about the possible risks of growing GE trees in massive plantations. It seemed there was little debate over this controversial issue within the biotech community on college campuses — the very places where most of the research into GE trees is carried out.

students studying on campus greenPhoto by Steve McFarlandCritics say there's little debate over this controversial issue within the… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Kauai Council Finally Overrides Mayor’s Veto of GMO Regulatory Bill – November 18, 2013

Agri-biotech companies will now have to disclose pesticide use details and GMO field locations on island

After a tense, two-day delay, the Kauai County Council finally voted 5-2 on Saturday to override Mayor Bernard Carvalho’s veto of a bill that seeks to regulate the biotech industry on the Hawai‘ian island. A tumultuous month after the council initially approved it, Bill 2491 is finally law.

Supporter outside county buildingPhoto by Pesticides on KauaiFile photo of bill supporters outside the Kauai County Building. Saving the bill requried some creative last-minute maneuvering by councilmembers.

The new law, which will go into effect in August 2014, requires agricultural companies and large farms to disclose the type and volume of restricted-use pesticides they are… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Kauai Council Votes Today to Save GMO Regulation Bill – November 14, 2013

Hawai’ian island has become latest battleground in fight over genetic modification

Lawmakers in Kauai today will decide the fate of a hotly debated bill that would require agri-biotech companies to disclose details about the pesticides they are using as well as the genetically modified crops they are growing on the Hawai‘ian island.

Kauai fieldPhoto by Shane O'NeillThere has been increasing concern among Kauai residents about the health and environmental impact of the pesticides used in GMO trail plots and on the seed-corn fields.

Following the recent demise of Washington State’s GMO labeling initiative, Bill 2491 has turned Kauai into the latest battleground in the fight over genetically modified crops.

The bill has had… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Dramatic Footage of Russian forces storming Arctic Sunrise – November 8, 2013

Greenpeace video shows 'Arctic 30' being arrested after activists’ attempt to board Gazprom oil rig

The scene could have been from a fast-paced action flick — a helicopter hovers over a ship out at sea, a rope is flung down to the deck, masked gunmen drop down...  Except, the gun-battle or violent action sequence that should have followed, doesn’t. The protestors standing on the deck simply stand around with their hands up in the air, waiting to be arrested.

Greenpeace International today released dramatic, previously unseen footage of the Russian security forces boarding and seizing control of the environmental outift's ship, Arctic Sunrise, following a group of Greenpeace activists’ direct action protest attempt.

The activists had tried to… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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