London (16.7.15) – Last November, voters in Maui approved a measure which imposed moratorium on the growing of genetically engineered crops until scientific studies are conducted on their safety and benefits (have there not been enough of them already?). The moratorium could be lifted after a vote by the Maui County Council (1).

A federal judge has not rules that the ban is pre-empted invalid by state and federal law. A US District Court Chief Judge ruled that the prohibition exceeded the county's authority. She stressed that the ruling addresses only the legal authority of the county and that "No portion of this ruling says anything about whether GE organisms are good or bad or about whether the court thinks the substance of the ordinance would be beneficial to the county”.

The full judgement is available for downloading (2).


1. Audrey McAvoy (30.6.15). Maui County's ban on GMO crops is invalid: Federal Judge. Huff Post Green (

2. Civil NO. 14-00511 SOM/BMK. Order determining that the County of Maui GMO Ordinance is preempted and exceeds the County’s authority. In the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii (30.6.15) (




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