Hawaii: Big issues on Big Island with GMO ban debate

| September 6, 2013 |
Hawaii anti-GMO protest signs (Credit: Sophie Cocke via Civil Beat) Hawaii anti-GMO protest signs (Credit: Sophie Cocke via Civil Beat)

The debate over genetically modified crops and food is a serious one.

Extreme critics of GMOs insisted that such crops and foods might cause cancer, birth deformities, tumors, sterility and could lead to the widespread devastation of farming and health.

One woman suggested that GMOs could be as bad as a nuclear disaster for the planet.

It could be easy to lose sight of the seriousness, especially amid the feisty — some might say volatile — Hawaii County Council Public Safety and Mass Transit committee’s debate Wednesday about a pair of bills to ban GMOs on the island. It lasted nearly six hours with plenty of public testimony, and went late into the evening.

Read the full, original story here: “Apocalyptic talk and serious issues at Big Island GMO ban debate”

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