Come November, the citizens of Maui County could be voting on a temporary suspension of all genetically modified crop production in their county. The only thing standing in the way of a public vote on the matter is the collection of 8,500 signatures.
The citizens assert that the growing of genetically engineered seed, other GMO experimentation, and the spraying of pesticides in Maui County differ significantly from the GE food farming occurring elsewhere in the world and pose unique risks that have not been studied and are not adequately monitored by county, state or federal agencies, according to a release Friday.
In a recent poll, 54 percent of Maui County citizens said they favored a temporary moratorium which would place the burden on Monsanto to prove that their practices and pesticides are safe, according to Mark Sheehan, a Maui citizen.
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