Hawaii’s Big Island Puts a Big Ban on GMOs

By on December 9, 2013

by Ali Papademetriou

More than half of the United States has already attempted or is currently attempting to pass legislation mandating genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labeled or banned.

Numerous animal studies have been performed, showing a potential health risk relating to a GM diet. Many citizens feel as though, because of the possible harmful effects, they’re being left in the dark about what they’re buying – which is why many are advocating for labeling. There’s more though.

Others are still concerned that as much as growing GMOs is harmful to the environment because the plants naturally cross contaminate non-GMO crops. Also, studies have shown that GMO cultivation results in an increased use of chemical pesticides and herbicides.

Last week, one state set an example for others, showing that GMO banning is doable. Mayor of Hawaii’s Big Island, Bill Kenoi, signed into law bill 113, which bans new GM crops from being grown.

Violators of the law, or of course those who grow GM crops, will be fined $1,000 per day, per location. Taxpayers probably wouldn’t be too happy about forking up the costs for investigations and other legal fees toward these offenders. No fear though: those costs will also be coming out of the violator’s pockets.

In a letter dated December 5th, Mayor Kenoi wrote, “Today our communities expect the government will be as cautious as possible in protecting our food and water supplies. We all want to minimize impacts to the environment while also producing abundant, affordable food for out local consumption.”

He went on to explain, “This ordinance expresses the desires and demands of our community for a safe, sustainable agricultural sector that can help feed out people while keeping our precious island productive and healthy.”

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  1. leminh

    December 9, 2013 at 12:25 am


  2. Donald Ragsdale Sr.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Well finally somebody has enough guts to stand up to Monsanto. Looks like our government needs get their hand out of Monsanto’s pockets and follow suit, but fat chance of that happening in my lifetime. All facts report how dangerous GMO engineering is. Recent reports are that no GMO foods are allowed in The Whitehouse or on Air Force ONE, that tells me they know something they don’t want us to know!

  3. Michael fowler

    December 9, 2013 at 1:45 am

    mayor Kenoi has shown he is on the side of we the people thank you Mayor for standing strong on this..If we let GMO crops grow and cross pollinate with our existing crops it may be unstoppable then..many generations have ate and grown healthy with the old time crops , I don’t need my food to be able to absorb more poisons and still grow as the round up. GMO crops do….thank you Mayor

  4. Kevin

    December 9, 2013 at 7:57 am

    “We all want to minimize impacts to the environment while also producing abundant, affordable food for out local consumption.”

    Well, That is all good that you want it affordable, but you can’t have both. So pick one. I grow vegetables in my back yard often, but the fact remains that bugs will destroy crops fast. For me, personally growing my own crops, I can still harvest and sacrifice a few pieces. On a farm that is meant to feed the masses, we have to keep the bugs at bay. It all starts AT THE FARMER. If the farmer cant get a good harvest, he loses money, so he charges a premium. The transportation says… “Well this diesel costs money to transport these crops.” –> Inspectors come in and look at the produce and say, “This is FDA approved… Oh this inspection costs xxx amount of money.” Then it gets to the market and you… The consumer pays for all of the run around for that veggie to get to the market. So now you have a dillemma of higher produce prices at the market.

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