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Big Island approves genetically modified crop bill

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A second Hawaii county has approved a bill addressing genetically modified crops.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Hawaii County Council in a 6-3 vote Tuesday approved a bill restricting expansion of transgenic crops grown on the Big Island.

The measure limits most use to enclosed structures such as greenhouses.

Lorie Farrell of Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United says a dozen Big Island agriculture organizations opposed the bill.

Opponents say it will give growers elsewhere a competitive advantage. They also say discussion among council members was not significant before the meeting.

Farmers already growing genetically modified crops, including papaya growers, would be exempt from the new ban.

The Kauai County Council on Saturday voted to override a veto of a bill requiring large farms to disclose use of genetically modified crops.

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