Hawaii Votes To Ban Genetically Engineered Coffee

Law360, New York (October 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Lawmakers in Hawaii have passed a bill outlawing the growth of genetically engineered coffee or taro on the island, introducing the first-ever targeted ban on engineered crops in the U.S.

The nine-member Hawaii County Council voted unanimously at the second and final reading to pass the ordinance on Oct. 9, following the lead of three California counties that have passed general bans on the cultivation of any genetically engineered crop.

The law, which makes the cultivation of GE coffee or taro on the island a criminal...
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