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Hawaii Seed Industry Group Revamps Leadership Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hawaii Seed Industry Group Revamps Leadership

The trade group's new president Kirby Kester says the biotechnology industry is "under seige"
Kauai Bill Would Remove Tax Benefits for Crop Research

Kauai Bill Would Remove Tax Benefits for Crop Research

State officials, landowners and seed industry representatives criticize the proposal.
Hawaii Farmers, Biotech Industry Challenge Big Island’s GMO Ban Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Hawaii Farmers, Biotech Industry Challenge Big Island’s GMO Ban

The lawsuit comes after Maui County residents collected enough signatures for an initiative that would impose a temporary moratorium on genetically engineered agriculture.
Hawaii Dept of Health Study Finds Low Levels of Pesticides in Streams Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Hawaii Dept of Health Study Finds Low Levels of Pesticides in Streams

The report found the highest number of pesticides in streams in urban Oahu.
Maui Anti-GMO Group Is Paying Petition Signature Gatherers $5 Per Name File Photo

Maui Anti-GMO Group Is Paying Petition Signature Gatherers $5 Per Name

Paying for signatures is legal, but the group ran afoul of the law when it posted voters' addresses online.
Companies Jockey for $1 Billion Worth of Honolulu Rail Contracts

Companies Jockey for $1 Billion Worth of Honolulu Rail Contracts

HART's second "Industry Day" event attracted local and international companies angling for business.
Ethics Commission Seeks Greater Oversight of Honolulu Rail Contractors PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ethics Commission Seeks Greater Oversight of Honolulu Rail Contractors

UPDATE: Concerns about conflicts of interest could spark new ethical requirements for government contractors.
Taking Root: A Rising Voice in Hawaii’s GMO Politics

Taking Root: A Rising Voice in Hawaii’s GMO Politics

The Center for Food Safety is escalating the political and legal warfare over genetically engineered crops in Hawaii.
Will the GMO Debate Fuel Campaign Donations as Local Elections Heat Up?

Will the GMO Debate Fuel Campaign Donations as Local Elections Heat Up?

Major Hawaii biotech firms have always been politically active but more anti-GMO candidates are running this year.