Few issues in the islands are as divisive as GMO's. Arguments about genetically engineered crops are passionate on both sides. And for Maui County, they're boiling over to a ballot initiative. Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.
Few issues are as controversial in the islands as Genetically Modified Organisms. On Maui, there’s an initiative that voters will consider as part of the November election that would ban GMO farming. And last week, a group of residents and organizations filed a lawsuit to keep it off the ballot. Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News.
On Maui, activists are trying to create a temporary moratorium on GMOS.
An organization called The Shaka Movement has put together a ballot initiative for a temporary moratorium on growing genetically modified crops. If passed, the measure would halt the planting of GMO crops until a safety study is completed. The group received just below 20,000 signatures, which was well over the 8,500 signatures required to add the measure onto the November ballot. Joe Marsalla is one of the founders of the Shaka Movement.
The legal battle over GMOs continues. Today a U.S. district court judge will take up the case of a lawsuit filed by 4 large agribusinesses against the county of Kaua‘i. They’re suing to overturn a new law that would require them to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.
A federal judge has struck down a Kaua‘i County law that would require agribusinesses to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. U.S Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled Monday that Ordinance 960 was invalid because state laws preempt county laws. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.