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Issue Position: GMO Labeling Bigger Issue Locally and Nationally

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During my 6 years at the Capitol, I've been a strong advocate for GMO labeling and continue to support this cause. Since 2008, I've been introducing legislation to label GMO "whole foods", to label GMO fish, and to set up a farmer notification system so people would know where all the field tests are taking place. I've been disappointed that we haven't been able to get any of these bills passed into law. What I keep coming back to is that this is common sense. We have a right to know what we're eating. The GMO industry should do what the organic industry did on a shoestring budget back in the 1970s-and that is a national campaign promoting organics. I remember 5 years ago suggesting this in an ENE committee meeting to the GMO industry. If they think their product taste better and is better for us, then do a national media campaign and convince us to buy GMOs. I never got a satisfactory answer to this question. So, I'll ask again. Why not, Monsanto? I've been a part of the on-going efforts of Label It Hawai"i to bring this issue to more people's attention. You might be aware that the people of California voted on Proposition 37 on November 6th, which would've required the labeling of GMO foods in that state. Unfortunately, that ballot initiative fell short with 47% of the vote, largely due to the nearly $50 million that was spent by the GMO industry to defeat the measure. The Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board voted to pass a motion in support of labeling of GMO foods at their meeting on October 24th.


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