Does requiring farmers growing genetically modified crops to register with Hawaii County result in the release of proprietary information?
That’s the question Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura will consider after hearing from witnesses and attorneys on both sides of the issue Monday. The county’s registration program for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is on hold due to a court order Nakamura granted March 7, but attorneys for the plaintiffs are seeking to end the program permanently.
Such a move is not expected to end the county’s ban on the growing or testing of transgenic crops in an open-air environment, but would make it more difficult for the county to keep track of existing GMO growers, who are exempted.
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