As the debate surrounding genetically modified crops grows, a few select counties have elected to take matters into their own hands, placing bans on the cultivation of GMO varieties. Now, those bans may be in jeopardy after a federal judge last week rule Maui County Hawaii’s ban invalid.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki said in a ruling handed down last week that the counties ban on genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law. She emphasized her ruling was a matter of law and not on genetically modified attributes in particular.
The ruling is receiving particular attention as both Monsanto and Dow Chemicals Agrigenetics operate research farms in the county.
The next step is uncertain; one county official was quoted as saying the matter was now taken care of while another was quoted saying the decision would be appealed.Share