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GMO bills in Hawaii State Legislature

 The following nine bills pertaining to the regulation of production and distribution of Genetically engineered crops have been introduced to Hawaii state legislature.

To see the progress and current status of each bill, click on the bill number.

SB711
Genetically Engineered Fish; Labeling
– Prohibits the sale of genetically engineered fish or genetically engineered fish products unless for consumption in the State of Hawaii and appropriately labeled as genetically engineered fish or genetically engineered fish products.

SB712
Department of Agriculture; Notification; Genetically Engineered Plants
– Requires the department of agriculture to notify the public of the location of field tests and the intended open field production of genetically engineered plants

SB713
Genetically Engineered Crops; Required Labeling
– Prohibits the sale or distribution of any genetically engineered whole food intended for human consumption in the State that does not have a label conspicuously affixed identifying it as genetically engineered. Defines “genetically engineered food crop”, “modern biotechnology”, and “genetically engineered whole food”.

HB216
Food Labeling; Genetically Engineered Material
Description: Beginning 1/1/12, requires foods sold in the State that contain genetically engineered material to be labeled with a disclosure notice.

HB1534
Genetically-Engineered Food; Labeling
Description: Requires labeling of food products that are genetically-engineered.

HB434
Genetically-Engineered Food; Labeling
– Requires labeling of food products that are genetically engineered.

HB591
Taro Security
– Prohibits genetically modified taro from being developed, tested, propagated, released, imported, planted, or grown in the State.

SB1099
Taro Security
– Prohibits genetically modified taro from being developed, tested, propagated, released, imported, planted, or grown in the State.

HB205
Enterprise Zones; Repeal of Incentives
– Amends the definition of “eligible business activity” and repeals certain tax incentives received by businesses for the research, development, sale, or production of genetically-engineered products within state enterprise zones.

SB745
Enterprise Zones; Seawater Air Conditioning Cooling System
– Allows the sale of cooling from seawater air conditioning district cooling systems (SWAC) to qualify for state enterprise zone benefits.
– Establishes that contractors working on SWAC shall not be exempt from the general excise tax.

January 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm 1 comment

Hydrogen Microbeads may provide $1.50 per gallon synthetic gasoline with no carbon emissions

 Cella Energy has developed a synthetic fuel over a four-year top secret programme at the prestigious Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, UK.

The materials are hydrogen-based, and so when used produce no carbon emissions at the point of use, in a similar way to electric vehicles..

See gismag article..

January 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment

Have Corporations Hijacked the Word Sustainable?

 Sustainable is defined as “capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage.” But lately, some are trying to redefine the term to their own advantage.
Read the full AlterNet article.

January 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

Cow rumen enzymes for better biofuels

 When it comes to breaking down plant matter and converting it to energy, the cow has it all figured out. Its digestive system allows it to eat more than 150 pounds of plant matter every day. Now researchers report that they have found dozens of previously unknown microbial enzymes in the bovine rumen — the cow’s primary grass-digestion chamber — that contribute to the breakdown of switchgrass, a renewable biofuel energy source.

Read Science Daily article..

January 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

Household sewage: Not waste, but a vast new energy resource

 In a finding that gives new meaning to the adage, “waste not, want not,” scientists are reporting that household sewage has far more potential as an alternative energy source than previously thought. They say the discovery, which increases the estimated potential energy in wastewater by almost 20 percent, could spur efforts to extract methane, hydrogen and other fuels from this vast and, as yet, untapped resource.

Read full Science Daily article.

January 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

U.S. farmers get approval to plant GMO alfalfa

The United States said on Thursday, January 28, 2011, that farmers could proceed with planting genetically altered alfalfa without any of the restrictions that opponents say are crucial to protect organic and conventional farm fields from contamination.

Read full Reuters article.

January 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

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 The United States faces a serious challenge getting clean technology and alternative energy start-ups to set up shop at home as rival nations offer companies the carrot of subsidies and the stick of cut-throat competition.

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January 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

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