Challenge highlights flaws in Hawaii’s anti-GMO law

| | March 18, 2014
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Last week a Hawaii state judge issued an injunction halting enforcement of a key component of a new anti-GMO law. The judge ruled after a farmer sued the county government of the eponymous “Big Island” of Hawaii, seeking to halt enforcement of the legislation.

The anonymous farmer opposes providing such information and fears that his information could be made public. He’s got good reason to be fearful. As Reason‘s Ron Bailey wrote in the February 2014 print edition, anti-GMO activists “macheted down” 100 GMO papaya trees latt fall.

Far-off Hawaii may seem like an odd focal point for a debate about planting GMO crops. After all—like many islands—the state imports more than 85 percent of its food.

But it’s got a proud agricultural tradition—and one in recent decades that has centered, in part, on GMO crops.

Read the full original article: Challenge Highlights Flaws in Hawaii’s Anti-GMO Law

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