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Hawaii County committee moves GMO bill forward

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii County Council committee moved forward a bill that would ban the open-air cultivation of genetically modified organisms but create an exemption for papayas and other GMO crops already grown on the island.

The Public Safety and Mass Transit Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday to send the bill to the council.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported the bill needs two council votes and the mayor's signature to be adopted.

Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille said the measure was an attempt to "draw a line in the sand" against the introduction of GMO crops she believes may harm people and the environment.

Agricultural organizations and university researchers criticized the bill for limiting options for farmers and ranchers.

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