Although relatively peaceful — other than the occasional snicker, laugh or boo from the audience — testimony during Wednesday’s public hearing on County Bill 2491 was full of emotion from both sides. “Peacefully, this will commence,” one man in the crowd, dressed in pro-GMO blue, said before things got underway. “Unpeacefully, nothing gets done.”
The bill, introduced by Kauai County Councilman Gary Hooser, would allow the county to govern the use of pesticides and genetically modified organisms on the island.
Those in support of the bill came dressed in red T-shirts, many with the words “Pass The Bill.” Those opposed donned blue shirts, which read “We Are Kauai Ag.” While testimony commenced inside the Kauai Veterans Center, cheering, honking and sign waving continued outside, in both the parking lot and along Kapule Highway.
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