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Maui voters to decide whether to ban GMO crops

first_imgHONOLULU — Dozens of Maui mothers are going door-to-door to urge voters to back a ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops because they think they are unsafe.A group backed by companies growing the crops counters with ads playing heavily on the airwaves that urge rejection of what they call the “farming ban.”The dueling campaigns over a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would prohibit the growing of genetically modified organisms until studies show they’re safe isn’t just a local issue in a county of only 160,000 residents in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.Experts say the ban’s effects could ripple across the nation because some of the world’s largest corn-seed producers research and develop new varieties of genetically engineered seeds at their farms in the county. Kendall Lamkey, chairman of the agronomy department at Iowa State University, said the initiative — if passed — could potentially make seed development more expensive for Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. subsidiary, Dow AgroSciences.last_img read more

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