Wednesday, January 22, 2014
GMO Watch (list of bills) / Gary Hooser talk
by Larry Geller
Below is a list of bills related to GMO foods currently in the Hawaii State Legislature, via Brad Parsons and Shannon Rudolph, who comments that “Yes, I know it’s mind boggling.” Thanks to you both for staying on top of these.
But I would also like to mention again that Kauai City Council member and former legislator Gary Hooser will be speaking at a free meeting on Monday, January 27. A pizza lunch is optional for a $5 donation, but no obligation.
Please help by tweeting and passing on the information to your own email lists. Here’s the announcement, and the list of bills follows. A tweetable link for the announcement is here.
Kauai has demonstrated that People Power can stand up to the corporate giants. Please attend Hooser’s talk if you can. The battle will continue during this legislative session, and advocates will need to be fully engaged or the money will prevail.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH
Monday, January 27,2014
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.
11:30 Luncheon: Various Pizza, Salad, and Dessert— $5.00 Donation
11:50 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President
12:00 Program: Gary Hooser: Kauai's Bill 2491 - A case study in community empowerment
Kauai Council member and former state legislator and director of the Office of Environmental Quality will describe how community action can overcome strong economic and political pressure.
Citizens of Kauai worked together to pass Bill 2491 over the mayor's veto. The bill requires the largest chemical companies in the world to disclose their pesticide use and prohibits the use of these chemicals near Kauai schools, hospitals and homes, imposing criminal penalties for violations. This new law may face challenges during the 2014 state legislative session.
12:30 Questions and Answers
10 New Bills on these issues added on Jan. 21st:
HB2187 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB2454 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB2521 RELATING TO LABELING.
SB2576 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB2648 RELATING TO PESTICIDES.
SB2649 RELATING TO PESTICIDES.
SB2736 RELATING TO FOOD LABELING.
SB2737 RELATING TO GENETIC ENGINEERING.
SB2738 RELATING TO GENETIC ENGINEERING.
SB2739 RELATING TO GENETIC ENGINEERING.