This week, a petition carrying 9,500 signatures was submitted to officials in Maui County, Hawaii. The petition is in an effort to suspend genetically modified crops on the island, and would put the proposal before voters in November. Monsanto isn’t taking all of this citizen-action sitting down, saying the potential ban is “a terrible initiative” and “meaningless.”
According to Maui Now, the petition is now before the county registrar, who is verifying the signatures to ensure they are valid before announcing whether or not it will go to the ballot.
Mark Sheehan PhD, one of five residents who started the petition, said “a wide range of illnesses — childhood cancers, miscarriages, birth defects, ADD, ADHD, allergies, asthma, and more — are related to the contamination of the environment from massive use of pesticides.”
The petition drive was the work of “The Shaka Movement”, a grassroots community organization targeting GMOs in Maui.