Federal Court of Appeals Upholds Preemption of Local Pesticide Ordinance

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This post is not legal advice

As 2016 draws to a close, I thought I would miss an opportunity to write on issues in the state of Hawaii. In the past, I have written posts on another blog on Hawaii counties looking to ban pesticide applications or GMOs. Major seed companies, like Syngenta and Monsanto, look to Hawaii because of the climate. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the federal district court’s invalidation of Kauai County’s ordinance that regulated GMOs and pesticide application. The ordinance required notification before utilizing pesticides and mandated buffer zones. Continue reading