Hawaii bills take up pesticides, farmers' rights

Hawaii bills take up pesticides, farmers' rights

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii House committee that deals with agriculture will take up bills that tackle pesticides and farming practices.

One proposal states that counties should not be able to pass laws or regulations that restrict a farmer's rights.

The bill drafters say Hawaii farmers have been facing an onslaught of problems that challenge their right to farm and their long-term sustainability.

The proposal is expected to draw opposition from those that are against genetically modified organisms.

A hearing on the bill will be held Thursday morning.

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