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Kauai council delays decision on modified crops

Published On: Aug 06 2013 10:19:18 AM HST
GMO bill hearing
LIHUE, Hawaii -

The Kauai County Council has delayed a decision on a proposal to require disclosure for certain agricultural procedures, including growing genetically modified crops.

The measure also would require disclosure for using pesticide.

The council Monday unanimously deferred the proposal until September when an opinion from the attorney general should be completed.

The Garden Island reports the measure has drawn support and opposition.
Paul Alston, an attorney representing agri-business company Syngenta, says the council could expect a court challenge if the measure wins approval in its present form.

But Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff says existing state law would not stop the county from banning genetically modified crops and the measure doesn't even go that far.

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