Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Legislature takes up GMO debate

Legislature takes up GMO debate

LIHU‘E — State lawmakers have begun this year’s Legislature with a pile of bills targeting biotech industries that produce genetically modified organisms, with measures ranging from mandatory labeling to a total ban of such products in Hawai‘i.

HB 349 seeks to stop GMO products from being sold or distributed in Hawai‘i as early as Jan. 1, 2014.

HB 348 calls for labeling GMO products, but its effective date would be July 1, 2014, and labeling of products containing GMOs would be, “This product contains a genetically engineered food product, which may be harmful to human health.”

SB 613 would strip certain tax exemptions and other incentives from GMO industry companies that produce food which are not for direct human consumption.

Visit www.capitol.hawaii.gov for more information or to track the bills.

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