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Seed companies ask judge to void local Hawaiian pesticide and biotech ordinance

Four biotech seed companies on Monday asked a federal court to declare invalid an ordinance approved by Hawaii's Kauai County Council that imposes restrictions on pesticide use and requires disclosure of which genetically modified crops are grown on the island. The motion for partial summary judgment calls on the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii to block the county from enacting Bill 2491, arguing the legislation was improperly adopted and violates local and state laws.

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