Proponents of the recently passed GMO Initiative on Maui are seeking intervention in a federal court lawsuit filed by Monsanto Hawaiʻi after a judge granted a request preventing the referendum from taking effect until the full legal merits of the lawsuit are considered.
A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed by Monsanto Hawaiʻi against the County of Maui, preventing the recently passed GMO initiative from taking effect until the court considers its legal merits further, company representatives said.
Five Maui residents filed a lawsuit in Second Circuit court on Wednesday, seeking “declaratory relief to assure transparency and the proper implementation,” of the newly passed initiative that places a moratorium on GMO cultivation in Maui County.
Monsanto Hawaiʻi today joined other individuals, groups and businesses including the Maui Farm Bureau and Dow AgroSciences in filing a lawsuit to challenge the measure that would place a moratorium on GMO cultivation in Maui County.
“A review of this section reveals … a lack of supporting evidence for claims made, and a disregard for the voluminous findings in mainstream science over the past two decades on the benefits and risks of genetically engineered crops.”
Members of the SHAKA Movement rallied in front of the county building in Wailuku today before delivering a final list of signatures to the County Clerk’s office in support of a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically-engineered organisms or GMOs in Maui County.