As the Democratic Party of Hawaii takes up the cause of GMO labeling, two Molokai political candidates will make presentations next week at a meeting of its environmental caucus.
House Bill 174 imposes labeling requirements and import restrictions on imported genetically engineered produce. The bill authorizes labeling of non-genetically engineered food. It is currently the bill that most GMO labeling advocates are supporting and hoping to get passed in the 2013 legislative session.
A hearing on this issue took place March 21. After accepting two hours of testimony, the bill was deferred by the end of the day. A Senate Concurrent Resolution will commission further study on the issue of food labeling.
As this issue receives further study, the Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii has planned a special GMO alert and general membership meeting for April 24 at the Democratic Party State Headquarters at 1050 Ala Moana Blvd. in Honolulu.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., Walter Ritte and Kanoho Helm of Molokai will each speak for five minutes followed by a 10-minute session of questions and answers.The two candidates are expected to be speaking from Molokai via Internet.
GMO Labeling is a current 2012 State Convention resolution passed by the Democratic Party of Hawaii. The Democratic Party is asking state legislators to allow the public its “right to know” in regards to GMO products.
Testimony in support of this bill can be sent to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx
and type in HB174.
To participate in the meeting from Molokai, or any neighbor island, visit www.gotomeeting.com. You may be asked to download the gotomeeting application. If it is your first time at gotomeeting be sure to download the app and set it up at least a half hour before the meeting. It is simple, but it can take some time.
Meeting Password: GreenHawaii; Meeting ID: 857-988-025. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or call Bill at 808-258-4019.