Biotech Updates

U.S. Court Rejects GMO Ban in Hawaii County

November 23, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals released their 30-page ruling that counties cannot regulate pesticides or genetically engineered crops. This is following the partial ban on planting GE crops in Hawaii Country, which is now invalid after the ruling. The appellate court said that the ban violated state and federal law. They also found that the pesticide laws of Hawaii are comprehensive enough for safeguard, and that the Legislature intended it to be "uniform and exclusive of additional, local rules."

For more details, read the reports in the Genetic Literacy Project and Food Safety News.