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Update – Ninth Circuit Rules on Local Efforts to Block GMOs

Last year, we followed the story of ballot efforts on a local level to preclude GMO crops from being grown in certain counties in Hawaii. The ballot initiatives, which banned GMO crops within the borders of the counties, passed by narrow margins, but were immediately struck down in court after a challenge from various agricultural companies. Local organizations filed an appeal to the Ninth Circuit, seeking to overturn the District Court decision stating that the ballot initiatives were preempted by federal and state laws. The…

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Local Governments Can’t Stop GMOs

In the November election cycle last year, the voters of Maui County, Hawaii passed an initiative that banned most genetically engineered food and plant products from being grown within the county’s borders.  The measure passed by a slim 51% majority, and immediately faced legal action by agricultural companies seeking to enjoin the county from enforcing the ordinance.  Simultaneously, some county residents filed an action seeking a declaratory judgment that the ordinance was valid and needed to be certified and implemented. Last week, the United States…

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