On Tuesday November 19th , the Hawaii County Council of the Big Island passed a bill, 6-3, that forbids biotech companies from operating on the Big Island and prohibits all new genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
At Real Food For Life, we wish this was the entire state of Hawaii was doing something even more radical, like forcing labeling of consumer GMO’s or somehow restricting their sale but this is a great step in the right direction.
Read 5 Scary Food Secrets Manufactures Don’t Want You To Know and this Gorcery Store Blacklist article which lists over 100 foods companies owned by the corporations who gave money to stop GMO labeling. The article also lists some smaller independent and ‘still healthy’ companies.
GMO’s and biotech are very big in Hawaii with big companies like Monsanto, Dow, and BASF have growing centers on the smaller islands. They have never had centers on the Big Island, and now if everything works out – they never will.
City council is in effect fighting against very powerful lobbies. The bill could still be vetoed by the major so city council would have to have another vote.
The bill also has limitation. The papaya industry, which has more than 200 farms on the Big Island, is exempt from the bill.
You can read more about the background to this bill read this Natural News Article below: