The House Committee on Agriculture in Hawaii passed a bill requiring labelling on genetically modified food, (GMO). The bill was legislated on Thursday. Hawaii, thus becomes one of the first official states in the United States to require labelling.
The bill was amended so that it only applies to import produce from outside Hawaii, leaving a considerable legislative loophole for locally produced GMOS.
However, the bill is a step in the right direction.
A number of concerned citizens testified before the senate committee, citing concern about the lack of current labelling and that they have a right to know whether their food has been genetically modified.
Jessica Wooley, the Hawaiian house committee on agriculture chairperson stated that as the bill only affects produce brought in from outside of Hawaii, it benefits local farms and won’t cause food prices to rise.
It remains to be seen how this bill can be enforced and who will be testing any import products into Hawaii for GMO content.