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Suit filed to pull US Maui GMO ban from ballot

Opponents of a voter initiative that would impose a moratorium on the planting of genetically modified crops in the US state of Hawaii's Maui County have filed suit in a bid to stop the proposal from appearing on the November ballot. The Citizens Against the Maui County Farming Ban says that the wording of the initiative is confusing and could mislead voters.  The initiative calls for a moratorium on the planting of GM crops in Maui County until an environmental and public health impact study on the cultivation of the crops and their associated pesticide use is completed and reviewed by the County Council. Individuals or companies seeking to grow GM crops would have to provide funding to the Council to pay for the required studies. Opponents of the proposal contend that the measure is unwarranted and would harm the local economy. In August, a US federal judge declared invalid Hawaii's Kauai County Council ordinance that imposed restrictions on pesticide use and required disclosure of which GM crops are grown on the island (Agrow No 695, p 18).


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