Tag Archives: GMO

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Urges the USDA to Make GMO-Labeling Transparent, Accessible

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) develops final rules on GMO-labeling requirements over the next year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and fellow lawmakers called on Secretary Purdue to ensure labeling standards are consumer-friendly, fair, and transparent. In July 2016, Congress passed weak GMO labeling standards into law that create a confusing web of disclosure options, allowing companies to choose …

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Hawaii GMO Seed Companies Win Big In Appeals Court Rulings

Monsanto, Syngenta and other seed companies that farm in Hawaii won a significant victory after a federal appeals court ruled that counties can’t regulate pesticides or genetically modified crops. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded Friday that Hawaii state pesticide law is comprehensive, and that the Legislature intended it to be “uniform and exclusive of additional, local rules.” That …

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Hawaii’s Trifecta of GMO Cases Will Be Heard By Appeals Court This Week

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold hearings June 15 in Courtroom 250L at the Honolulu Bankruptcy Courthouse (The date is subject to change.) on three cases related to genetically modified farming in Kauai, Maui and Hawaii counties. The oral arguments before a panel of three judges will be a critical step in a multi-year effort by neighbor …

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GMO Seed Giant releases 2015 Memorandum of Understanding Voluntary Maui County reporting includes Restricted Use Pesticides details

In a follow-up to our March 6th MAUIWatch interview with Kai Pelayo, the new Monsanto Maui community affairs director, Pelayo forwarded a 32-page update to the company’s Memorandum of Understanding with the County of Maui for the year 2015. According to the document, the details of the agreement include information sharing, quarterly meetings, and an annual report that calls for …

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Kai Pelayo New Community Affairs Manager For Maui Monsanto

It’s true – Alvin Kaimi (“Kai”) Pelayo has accepted the post as Community Affairs Manager for Monsanto Maui. Effective Jan 18 Pelayo has taken on possibly the most high profile and contentious job on the island. He will serve as spokesperson and lobbyist for the local arm of the chemical and agricultural products giant whose best known local activity is …

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Former Monsanto employee tapped to head Maui County Department

Mayor Alan Arakawa has appointed Carol Reimann to be the new Director of Housing and Human Concerns for the County of Maui. Reimann, the former Maui Monsanto government affairs manager, was tapped for the position after the retirement of former Director Joann Ridao in June. She will be sworn in at 4 p.m. Monday in the mayor’s conference room. The …

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GMO opponents release statement after court ruling

In the wake of the latest decision in the Monsanto vs. Maui case, a coalition of Maui voters have launched a campaign demanding that Monsanto and Dow respect their vote and drop their lawsuit against Maui. In her decision released today, Judge Mollway struck down the GMO Moratorium approved by voters in last November’s election. Appealing the decision to a …

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Maui County’s GMO Farming Moratorium

A federal judge has invalidated Maui County’s moratorium on genetically engineered crops that voters approved last fall. Judge Susan Mollway said in a ruling filed Tuesday that the ordinance is “invalid and unenforceable” because it is preempted by state and federal law. That’s the same reasoning that Judge Barry Kurren used to strike down both Hawaii County’s partial ban on …

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Maui County Isn’t Sticking Up For Its GMO Farming Moratorium

Maui County isn’t defending a moratorium on genetically modified farming despite more than 23,000 voters approving the bill last fall. In a court filing Friday, the county said that it is taking “no position” on a motion for summary judgment filed by attorneys representing global seed companies Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, as well as several Maui County businesses and organizations. …

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SHAKA Movement Seeks Dismissal of Suit Against Maui GMO Farming Ban

A federal judge will consider arguments March 10 regarding whether to throw out a lawsuit challenging Maui County’s newly approved moratorium on cultivating genetically engineered crops. The motion to dismiss the lawsuit was filed by the SHAKA Movement, a group of Maui County residents that worked to get the moratorium on the ballot this year. It was approved despite the …

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