Maui and Molokai farmers express concern over proposed GMO and pesticide ban

Tuesday, Jan. 28, was a cold, wet and windy day, but the heavy weather did not deter the more than 100 people who packed the Maui County Council chambers in Wailuku. Of that number, more than 60 had signed up to testify by mid-day. Council staff said an estimated 70 to 100 more stood by to testify remotely from Molokai.

On the agenda was “Pesticides and Genetically Modified Organisms” (PIA-58), introduced by Councilmember Elle Cochran. The proposed legislation was being heard for the first time in the council’s Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee (PIA) chaired by Councilmember Riki Hokama.

Almost unanimously, those who testified from the farm community opposed the legislation as “heavy-handed,” “punitive,” “draconian,” “anti-farmer” and “anti-agriculture.”

Read the full, original article: Maui & Molokai Farmers Have Their Say

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