HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi has signed a bill restricting genetically modified crops.
The mayor’s office says he signed the bill Thursday.
The Hawaii County Council voted to approve a bill restricting the planting of genetically modified crops to enclosed structures such as greenhouses. Critics say the measure will give growers elsewhere a competitive advantage.
Papaya farmers and others who already grow genetically modified crops would be exempted.
Kenoi says in a message to the council that the new ordinance conveys a desire to support community-based farming and ranching over global agribusiness corporations.
The Kauai County Council voted last month to override a veto of a bill requiring large farms to disclose use of genetically modified crops.