Crop Giants Target Hawaii County's Anti-GMO Laws

Law360, New York (January 13, 2014, 6:58 PM EST) -- Agribusiness units of DuPont Co., Dow Chemical Co. and Syngenta AG asked a federal court on Friday to void a Hawaii county’s effort to legislate the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, saying the measure “irrationally” punishes them despite mountains of research proving GMOs are safe.

In their complaint, the companies tossed out more than a dozen statutory and constitutional arguments against a bill imposing new land-use restrictions and disclosure obligations on GMO crop growers. Bill 2491 was passed by an ad hoc legislative group in the...
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