(Editor’s note: the following is a notice from Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille, regarding litigation related to the Council’s recent passage of legislation banning generically modified organisms.)
IMPORTANT COURT HEARING: HILO CIRCUIT COURT 10:30 a.m. Friday March 7th before Judge Nakamura. COME WATCH!
So as expected the GMO industry in the name of some autonomous GMO papaya farmer has now sued the County of Hawaii to block Hawaii County’s GMO law (Bill 113). The way I figured: The multinational chemical corporations would not bring a lawsuit in their own name and the GMO O’okala dairy (GMO corn) would not want to be exposed to any questions and hence would not want to bring a lawsuit, and the University of Hawaii GMO operations would not want to be exposed to bad press on this issue, so that leaves the papaya farmers – who are completely grandfathered from the law, other than having to register annually in order to be exempt.
We can assume the biotechs were betting on state legislators being able to preempt/nullify county GMO legislation — but that effort has been unsuccessful. So given their usual routine of using litigation to scare off any government entity that demands some accountability, that left the only option as a lawsuit by some papaya farmer arguing the oppression of mere registration. Really how funny.
Enter top notch attorney Margery Bronster, who at last January 2013 Legal Seminar in Honolulu on Hawaii Agriculture informed the attendees about having been hired by a couple of the biotech corporations to review the Hawaii County Law. She also bragged about how she used the patent/intellectual property laws to win against some GMO registration requirement (in a mainland lawsuit she otherwise was on the losing end). Yet consistent with section 92F-13 of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, Bill 113 provided for protection of registration information when the County determines disclosure might be harmful – (“information such as the name of the registrant and the exact location of the genetically engineered crops or plants may be withheld from the public to the extent that disclosure of that detailed information would otherwise frustrate the ability of the County to obtain accurate information”).
Anyway stay tuned to more info asap.