Monday, March 17, 2008
Taro Security and Purity Research Program - Senate Conccurrent Resolution 206 report is in!
During the 2007 legislative session, taro farmers and Native Hawaiians expressed growing concern over increasing threats to the taro. Much of the dialogue was overshadowed by the issue of genetically engineered taro. Senate Concurrent Resolution 206 (Appendix A), passed into law in June 2007, requesting the Department to develop a taro security and purity research program to address growing concerns.
SCR206 specifically mandates that the Department of Agriculture “develop a taro security and purity research program that is designed to ensure that taro can be saved and protected from natural attack” through means other than genetic engineering.
The full report can be viewed electronically by selecting Legislative Reports at http://www.hawaii.gov/hdoa/meetings_reports