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Let the people speak - Label GMO's! Support Resolution 11-339 (Hearing 12/7/11 Honolulu City Council)

[updated 12/5/11 9:29pm]

Not only will the Honolulu City Council be acting on Bill 54 (further criminalizing homelessness and protest) on Wednesday, 12/7/11, but it will also have a chance to pass Resolution 11-339 which contains a provision requiring the labeling of GMO foods! As one would expect, the item has already incurred strong opposition by food product lobbyists, and GMO giants Monsanto and Syngenta.

Now let the people speak out in support of Resolution 11-339 and the labeling of GMO foods!  Here are some quick links to help you do that:

Honolulu City & County Agenda for Wednesday, 12/7/2011 (with links to Bill 54, and Resolution 11-339)

UPDATE of 12/05/2011: Councilmember Tom Berg will be offering a floor amendment which includes the provision for the mandatory labeling of GMO products.  This is "Resolution 11-339, CD1, Proposed FD1 (TB)" in the above Agenda.  The other version does not have the GMO provision. 

Resolution 11-339 Status (which includes links to the resolution, scroll down for links to testimony).

Submit testimony, sign up to speak.

Hearings will be at Honolulu Hale, 530 S King St,  Room, 202 Honolulu, HI 96813.  Phone (808) 768-5010.

Why is it important to act on the city, county, and state level?  Check this out:


See you December 7.  GMO's have got to go!

H. Doug Matsuoka
3 December 2011
Makiki, Honolulu

Related: The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association submitted testimony against labeling GMO's.  Who are they?  Just a lobbying group of the largest GMO corporations on Earth.  See my post here.

[Follow up of 12/17/2011: Tally For/Against = 92% For labeling GMO / 8% Against, but still fails.]

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