The battle over so-called GMOs took another turn in a Hilo courtroom Friday.
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At issue is a law that requires farmers of genetically modified crops to file specific information about their crops with Hawaii County.
"If there is vandalism as there has been before, these farmers stand to lose everything," said Michael Udovic, a Hawaii County attorney.
An unnamed farmer filed a lawsuit claiming the new rule puts his crop at risk from vandals and conflicts with state and federal law. Former state attorney general Margery Bronster testified by phone that the law should be blocked.
"These are farmers who really feat for their plants, for their farms and for their livelihood," said Bronster.
Judge Greg Nakamura disagreed with the county and issued a temporary restraining order until at least Mar. 24. Supporters of the law were undeterred saying they will prevail in the end.