Energy & EnvironmentHawaii

A High-Stakes Initiative Could Ban GMO Farming in Maui County

A measure likely to make the November ballot would impose a moratorium on genetically engineered agriculture, affecting companies that employ many.

·By Anita Hofschneider

Hawaii’s rising movement against genetically modified farming has seen successes in Kauai County and Hawaii County, but the latest proposal in Maui County will test how far residents are willing to go to get rid of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The Maui County Council — which represents Maui, Molokai and Lanai — recently began considering the county’s first-ever citizens initiative, which seeks to temporarily ban genetically modified farming until biotechnology companies pay for a study to analyze its health effects. Critics say the proposal could have a huge negative economic impact in the

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