Judge Blocks Maui County from Banning GM Crops
A federal judge said that the Maui County may not implement the law banning the cultivation of GM crops until he considers the arguments in a lawsuit against the measure. Both sides have agreed to postpone the implementation of the law, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren said in his ruling.
The lawsuit against the measure was filed by Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co. According to them, the banning would affect the economy and their businesses. They said that the court has already ruled in another case involving a Kauai law regulating GM crops that the state, and not the county, has jurisdiction over the issue.
This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)