A Hawaiian official has returned from Switzerland, where he asked Syngenta shareholders to urge the chemical giant to withdraw from its lawsuit against his county’s regulation of genetically engineered crops.
Syngenta joined with Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer and BASF in a January 2014 federal lawsuit seeking to block enforcement of Kauai Ordinance 960 (formerly Bill 2491), which regulates testing of agrochemicals on GMO seed crops on Kauai.
Enacted in late 2013 by Kauai County Council in an override of the island mayor’s veto, Ordinance 960 requires the GMO seed companies to disclose when, where and how much chemicals they spray on their test crops.
The law also requires a 500-foot buffer between testing areas and schools, hospital and homes.
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