Just do it, already
It is unclear to me why the state legislature lacks the courage to require labeling of GMO produce (“GMO bills,” Feb. 6). The science behind the impact of genetically modified foods on the human body is minimal; we simply do not know what the long-term impacts will be. The lack of information is enough to drive countries like Japan, Australia and all European Union countries to either restrict or highly regulate these products. In Hawaii, we do nothing.
Beyond a public right to know, there is another reason to label GMO products: to allow consumers to decide the type of agriculture they want to promote through their purchases. GMO crops rely on a business model that is bad for farmers and bad for sustainable agriculture. In a state that already imports 85–90 percent of our food, can we really afford to support the GMO agriculture?
The legislature considered HB 174, requiring labeling of GMO produce, but created an implementation date of 2112–99 years from now. It is outrageous that elected officials demonstrate such apathy towards a bill with so much community support. The community is not asking for a ban on GMO produce, but simply for information–information to which the rest of the developed world allows its citizens access. I have a great deal of respect for those legislators with the courage and intelligence to push for positive GMO legislation, and I hope they keep trying.
Morgan Evans Kapahulu, HI