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Maui county clerk advances anti-GMO petition

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:35 p.m. HST, Jun 06, 2014

WAILUKU » A Maui group that wants to ban genetically modified crops has been given a green light by election officials to advance their proposal.

Maui's County Clerk Danny Mateo said Friday that the group collected enough valid signatures to send their petition to the city council.

According to the Maui County Charter, the council will now have 60 days to act on the proposal.

The proposed moratorium would make it illegal to cultivate, grow or test genetically modified crops in Maui County until companies complete environmental and public health studies finding to show their practices are safe.

If the council does not adopt the ordinance within 60 days, it will be placed on the 2014 general election ballot to be decided by voters.

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saywhatyouthink wrote:
The county does not have the authority to enact such restrictions .... Or didn't their attorney tell them that? Just wasting more taxpayer dollars again, I guess Maui homeowners don't think they pay enough taxes now.
on June 6,2014 | 09:49PM
Skyler wrote:
Why does the SAd use a GMO-rainbow papaya as the photo to accompany this article when Rainbow papayas are exempt from non-GMO initiatives? Rabble-rousers!
on June 6,2014 | 11:03PM
Kuokoa wrote:
Well, the rainbow papaya is a GMO product and with GMO we woud not have papaya. That's why!
on June 7,2014 | 07:33AM
st1d wrote:
once the initiative passes, it will ban all new planting of gmo crops, including papaya. there is no specific exemption for papaya.
on June 7,2014 | 08:29AM
Kuokoa wrote:
Anti-GMO is a BIG mistake!
on June 7,2014 | 07:32AM
Between kauai and Maui, I dont know which island initiates more problems. We are getting to the point with the Political Correctness and issues with environmentalists situations that it is not only clogging our courts systems, but creating a financial hurdle that will prove to be more problems ongoing. Lets get a grip people, the GMO's have been around for decades and only NOW people are fretting the issues.Sheesh!
on June 7,2014 | 09:55AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
This whole Anti-GMO issue is a bunch of shibai, ginned up by modern day pseudo-environmentalists with too much time on their hands and full of faux-outrage. Nothing but a waste of time and money for the rest of us. If they don't like GMO fruits then they shouldn't eat the stuff. I find their whole argument silly, juvenile, and asinine.
on June 7,2014 | 03:35PM
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