Big Island GMO registration lawsuit hits courtUPDATED 11:01 PM HST Mar 07, 2014Video Transcript
The battle over so-called GMOs took another turn in a Hilo courtroom today. At issue is a law that requires farmers of genetically modified crops to file specific information about their crops with Hawaii County. An un- named farmer filed a lawsuit claiming the new rule puts his crop at risk from vandals and conflicts with state and federal law. Former state attorney general Margery Bronster testified by phone that the law should be blocked. THESE ARE FARMERS WHO REALLY FEAR FOR THEIR PLANTS, FOR THEIR FARMS AND FOR THEIR LIVELIHOOD. IF THERE IS VANDALISM AS THERE HAS BEEN BEFORE THESE FARMERS STAND TO LOSE EVERYTHING. AND SO WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS THAT THESE THINGS ARE FAR TOO SPECULATIVE FOR THE COURT TO ISSUE A RESTRAINING ORDER AT THIS TIME. Judge Greg Nakamura disagreed with the county and issued a temporary restraining order until at least March 24th. Supporters of the law were undeterred saying they will prevail in the end.