GMO proposals that failed

Out of a bag full of proposals introduced at this year’s Legislature, a House resolution — a policy with no teeth — was the only law passed, according to a search in the state Capitol’s website.

HR 149, adopted April 12, requests the Congress to support legislation requiring the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with a nationwide system for monitoring, labeling and enforcing the labeling of all whole and processed genetically engineered foods.

Here are some of the failed proposals:

• SCR 34, requesting studies relating to the research of issues arising from the potential implementation of GMO labeling.

• Proposals requiring labeling of GMO products — HB 174, SB 1290, HB 733, SB 1329, SB 468, HB 627, HB 631, SB 934 and HB 348.

• SB 935 and HB 349, prohibiting GMO food products from being sold in Hawaii.

• SB 615, prohibiting sales of GMO salmon in Hawaii unless labeled.

• HCR 79, requesting the Board of Agriculture to convene a task force on fish labeling, including GMO fish.

• SB 370 and HB 97, requiring a permit from the Department of Agriculture to import, introduce, or develop a new species of genetically engineered organism.

• HB 107, prohibiting genetic-modification tests for taro, and HB 735, putting a five-year moratorium on development, testing, release, importation, planting or growing of GMO Hawaiian taro.

• HR 138 and HCR 170, urging the president and the Congress to diversify seed production and enact legislation to limit patents on genetically modified plants.

• HB 479 and SB 613, repealing certain tax incentives for GMO companies.


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