- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - Maui residents are considering banning the growing of genetically modified organisms on the Hawaiian island.

The ban applies only to Maui County, which is home to 160,000 people, but it could have effects across the nation. Maui is home to farms owned by national companies like Monsanto and a Dow Chemical subsidiary, and it’s where new varieties of genetically engineered seeds are produced.

The companies conduct part of their research in Hawaii because the year-round warm weather on the islands allows them to grow three to four crops a year instead of one.

There has been little scientific evidence to prove that foods grown from engineered seeds are less safe than their conventional counterparts. But fears persist in Hawaii and elsewhere.

Opponents have cast the proposal as anti-farming.

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