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Joint Statement from Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice Regarding Decision on Maui GE Crop Moratorium

July 1st, 2015
Center for Food Safety

July 1, 2015 (Honolulu, Hawai‘i)—Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice issued the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed with Chief District Court Judge Mollway’s very unfortunate and legally incorrect ruling that Maui County’s genetically engineered (GE) crop ordinance is contrary to state and federal law.  Worse, we were wrongly denied the ability to defend the Maui ordinance by the court, despite the county refusing to defend it, a decision we have appealed. We will also continue to fight for the right of all Hawai‘i communities to protect their children and environment from the activities of these chemical companies, in our ongoing appeals of the Kaua‘i Ordinance and Big Island GE ordinance cases, currently before the Ninth Circuit. This decision is wrong, and we are confident the Court of Appeals will agree with us, and uphold the rights of all communities to protect their families, farms, and environments from the harms of genetically engineered crops and pesticides.”

For past statements on the legal defense of the Maui GE crop ordinance, see HERE and HERE.

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