Major agricultural companies sue to overturn Hawaiian GMO-restrictive law

The companies claim the island of Kauai has “no jurisdiction” to limit their actions

The new battleground in the fight between environmental activists and companies such as DuPont Co., Syngenta AG and Dow Chemical Co. over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) isn’t the plains of Iowa or Nebraska, but rather all the way out west in Hawaii.

Those three agricultural companies filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court in Honolulu on Jan. 10 looking to block a recent law on the Hawaiian island of Kauai that would limit the planting and spraying of GMO-containing crops. The law, which would begin to be enforced in August, would restrict most crop growing near schools and nursing homes, as well as require disclosure of all chemical use and GMO crop cultivation.

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