The Big Island Passes a Big Bill

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hawaii-bans-GMOsIn Honolulu- Mayor Billy Kenoi signed Bill 113 into law on Thursday. What’s this bill you ask?

Well, this fantastic law prohibits biotech companies from operating on the Big Island and banning farmers from growing any new genetically altered crops. That means no more strawberries the size of your head filled with chemicals!

For some reason, the island’s GMO company Papaya Industry managed to be exempted. But don’t worry, the island hopes to bring them down eventually.

Kenoi said that the new law works with the county’s desire to encourage community-based farming and ranching. For too long they are tired of hosting GMO companies and biotech companies ruining their soil.

Even before this bill being passed, Honolulu has managed to avoid large biotech companies such as Monsanto, Syngenta and Pioneer, which have all been ruining the land on the other Hawaiian Islands. Mayor Kenoi plans to have it remain that way on his island.

“Our community has a deep connection and respect for our land, and we all understand we must protect our island” Kenoi wrote to council members. “We are determined to do what is right for the land because this place is unlike any other in the world.”

It wasn’t easy passing the bill though. Kenoi has said that a lot of the island farmers have been “treated disrespectfully” from large biotech companies trying to manipulate them into thinking that biotech companies were the “good guys.”

Kenoi is determined to reunite the farming community and create a stronger and more vibrant agriculture. “It is time to end the angry rhetoric and reach out to our neighbors”

Sadly, the majority of Hawaii’s farming industry is opposed to the bill. But lets hope they come around, for their sake.

But there is some more good news, the passing of this bill comes after another success of Kauai passing its own law relating to GMO and pesticide disclosures. A bill similar to Kauai’s law is expected to be introduced to the Maui County Council on Friday.

Do you think we are moving forward with banning GMOs? What do you think is the next step to creating a healthy, chemical free farming industry? Let me know if the comment section below and we can chat about it!

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Mark Alderson