Yesterday, the Hawai‘i County Council passed Bill 113 which bans new Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs from our island. I congratulate the council for their courageous action. They were listening to us.
However, Hawai‘i has processes I don’t yet understand. For example, I just found out that all approved bills have to be passed twice. If the council had voted this bill down, it would be dead, as they only have to kill something once. But they must take positive action twice. So the council will take up Bill 113 again at next month’s council meeting. I’m getting hopeful that this legislation will actually go through.
(For background on the Big Island’s anti-GMO legislation, see these other posts on this blog: The bounty of the Big Island, endangered; The will of the people; Responsibility for the ‘āina is personal; Does all GMO = predatory farming?; and It’s my kuleana to act…again.)
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