Sweet sweet news………..
It’s time to celebrate!
Not often do we score a legal win against biotech, but today we completed the mission here on Hawai’i island! Today Bill 113 was signed into law, banning further GMO crops from being cultivated on our island. If you read no further (and you should), please tell these good people thank you by signing our letter here.
Many of us worked long and hard, day and night on this: signing and sharing petitions; writing letters to newspaper editors and to authorities; preparing both written and oral testimony; studying the science and cultural concerns over GMO; networking and meeting with one another, engaging in debates on-line and in-person, meeting with council members and farming groups; and attending what seemed like endless streams of county council meetings over months to share our testimonies for why we want to keep the toxic GMO industry off our island.
Today justice and intelligence, good science, and our love for nature prevailed! After the last hearing’s 6-3 vote in favor of the bill at council chambers, today our mayor, Billy Kenoi, signed Bill 113 into law—to our utter shock and surprise! He had three options: sign the bill into law, veto it, or do nothing and it automatically becomes law. Most of were sure he would veto it; he was receiving pressure from our Governor, Neil Abercrombie, who is a known biotech supporter and rumored to be a recipient of “favors” from the same. But today, justice and respect for the Good Earth prevailed!
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