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Judge Hands Biotechnology Companies a Win by Ruling Against Hawaiian...

•, by Derrick Broze
A federal judge dealt a blow to the efforts of Hawaiians who fought for county wide regulations on genetically modified organisms. Syngenta and other biotechnology companies filed a lawsuit against Kauai County after the Council approved an ordinance that required GMO farmers to submit annuals reports to government agencies about their crops, as well as no-spray buffer zones. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled that the ordinance was preempted by Hawaii state regulations for pesticides, plant quarantines, seed quality and noxious weeds. However, the ruling does imply that the ordinance was not barred by federal law. The implication is that other counties or cities could pass GMO legislation as long as it does not interfere with the federal or state laws.

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