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Federal Judge Invalidates Kauai’s Anti-GMO Law PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Federal Judge Invalidates Kauai’s Anti-GMO Law

UPDATE: Officials on the Big Island and in Maui County are analyzing the implications of Monday's court decision striking down Kauai's regulations on GMO farming and pesticides.
Donations Pour in to Influence GMO Debate, But Are They Being Disclosed? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Donations Pour in to Influence GMO Debate, But Are They Being Disclosed?

No ballot issue committees have formed to raise money for or against the proposed Maui County GMO ban on the fall ballot, but a lot has been spent on political candidates.
Is Kauai Pro-GMO? Primary Election Results Suggest So Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Is Kauai Pro-GMO? Primary Election Results Suggest So

The issue spurred many people on the neighbor islands to run for office. The results may be telling.
Earthjustice, Center for Food Safety Seek to Defend Big Island GMO Ban Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Earthjustice, Center for Food Safety Seek to Defend Big Island GMO Ban

The nonprofits, along with three Hawaii County farmers, have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the moratorium on new genetically engineered crops.
In Hawaii, Who Has the Authority To Regulate GMOs and Pesticide Use? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

In Hawaii, Who Has the Authority To Regulate GMOs and Pesticide Use?

Biotech companies seek to invalidate Kauai County ordinance regulating pesticide spraying and requiring disclosure of genetically engineered crops
Cost Rises for Kauai Lawsuit Defending Disclosure Law on GMOs, Pesticides Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Cost Rises for Kauai Lawsuit Defending Disclosure Law on GMOs, Pesticides

The county has requested an additional $50,000, bringing total cost of case against biotechnology companies to $125,000
The Projector: The Faces of Molokai’s GMO Economy — July 14-20 PF Bentley/Civil Beat

The Projector: The Faces of Molokai’s GMO Economy — July 14-20

Our photographer turned his lens on employees, farmers and their families on the island where Big Biotech is the largest employer.
Molokai Has the Most to Lose, But Least Say in GMO Debate PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Molokai Has the Most to Lose, But Least Say in GMO Debate

A November ballot initiative could shut down its biggest employers, but the island's population is dwarfed by voters elsewhere in Maui County.
A High-Stakes Initiative Could Ban GMO Farming in Maui County PF Bentley/Civil Beat

A High-Stakes Initiative Could Ban GMO Farming in Maui County

A measure likely to make the November ballot would impose a moratorium on genetically engineered agriculture, affecting companies that employ many.