Maui group gathers signatures for GMO initiative


WAILUKU, Maui — A Maui group says it has submitted more than 9,500 signatures in support of a temporary ban on growing or testing genetically modified organisms in Maui County.

The measure will be heard by the Maui County Council if the Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for the Keiki and the Aina Movement is found to have gathered at least 8,500 valid signatures.

The Maui News reported the council may either sign it into law or decide to take no action. If the council takes no action, the public will vote on the item in the Nov. 4 general election.

The global agricultural company Monsanto grows genetically modified crops in the county. Monsanto owns about 3,000 acres on Maui and Molokai and employs about 500 workers in the county.