Nonprofit groups appeal Kauai GMO crop ruling

HONOLULU — Four nonprofit groups are appealing a federal judge’s ruling invalidating a Kauai County law that requires companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops.

Earthjustice Attorney Paul Achitoff said Wednesday the ruling is being appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

He says the Hawaii Legislature didn’t intend for state to have sole power to regulate pesticides and any vegetation that would cause a problem. Achitoff says the county has the right and obligation to protect its citizens.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren last month ruled in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai’s new law from going into effect in October.

Syngenta Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Agrigenetics and BASF Plant Sciences sued for a permanent injunction, arguing the ordinance unfairly targets their industry.

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