Mayor Arakawa says Maui will learn from Kauai GMO decisionUPDATED 8:11 PM HST Aug 25, 2014Video Transcript
meant to restrict the use of GMO seeds and pesticides ruled invalid many wonder how that will affect similar efforts on neighboring islands. On Maui a voter initiative set to appear on the November 4th ballot is now in question. The proposed measure would put a moratorium on cultivating, growing or testing genetically modified crops until agriculture companies complete environmental and health studies that prove their standards and practices are safe. Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa believe the Kauai ruling will provide helpful guidance. Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa 17.07-20 "THE COURT RULING WE'LL BE ABLE TO LOOK AT IT AND ESSENTIALLY THIS WILL BE ANOTHER PIECE OF INFORMATION THAT WE CAN DELIVER TO OUR PUBLIC THAT WE CAN SAY THIS IS WHAT IS ALLOWABLE UNDER STATE LAW THIS IS WHAT IS NOT ALLOWABLE UNDER STATE LAW" Agribusiness interests believe that measures restricting the use and testing of GMO's will cost Maui hundreds of jobs. Supporters of the initiative dispute the job claims.