GMO hearing draws hundreds on Kauai

GMO hearing draws hundreds on Kauai

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hundreds have turned up for a public hearing on a controversial GMO bill in Lihue.

More than 1,000 farmers and agriculture supporters gathered at the Kauai Veterans Center Wednesday to urge Kauai County Council members to vote "no" on Bill 2491.

The measure would place a moratorium on farming genetically modified organisms pending further study. The bill would also require companies to tell the public what chemicals are in the pesticides they are using.

"I am proud of the agriculture community, small business members and island residents who showed up today and testified at the Kauai County Council hearing in opposition to Bill 2491," said Kirby Kester, president-elect of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association. "I believe the council now has a clear view of how this bill is not good for our community, our farmers or our economy, as well as the lack of sound scientific evidence to support it."

The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kauai Veterans Center in Lihue.

Councilman Gary Hooser sponsored the bill.

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