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Kauai officials to take up pesticide, GMO bill

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Kauai officials are set to consider a proposal to regulate pesticide use and farming of genetically modified crops.

The Garden Isle's county council is slated to vote Tuesday on a bill that has provoked emotionally charged public hearings and a march against GMO's that attracted large crowds.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the bill proposes to require large-scale growers to disclose pesticide use and the presence of GMO's. It also suggests setting up buffer zones to distance pesticide use around schools, hospitals and homes and posting signs in areas near pesticide application sites.

Supporters of the ordinance say it's needed to protect public health and the island's environment. Opponents argue that the proposed rules would hamper agribusinesses operating on Kauai and that growers were already regulated by federal agencies.

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