Biotech Updates

Hawaii County GM Crop Ban Ordinance Invalid-Federal Judge

December 3, 2014

A Hawaii County law banning GM crops is invalid, according to the order issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren. He's the same magistrate who is handling the lawsuit against Maui's County's new law banning GM crop cultivation. The Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association, Hawaii Papaya Industry Association, Big Island Banana Growers Association, Hawaii Cattlemen's Council, Pacific Floral Exchange, Biotechnology Industry Organization, and several farmers filed a lawsuit to invalidate the ordinance that bans the planting and open field testing of GM crops.