Nov. 5. Joe went to seed, passing out hundreds of seed packets with his name, Joe Blackburn, to support is candidacy for County Council. Mike Victorino, incumbent, was a johnny come lately but he got into the fray by giving out his own packets. Victorino won, maybe because people like tomatoes and not asparagus. NOW A NEW SEED WAR LOOMS, AND THIS IS A REAL ONE.
Maui voters cast 43,000 votes to ban GMO’s and Monsanto’s research to make better seeds. The ban was adopted in a citizen initiated charter amendment by about a 1000 votes. Monsanto spent more than $7 million to fight the ban and lost. Thousands of facebook posts flooded email accounts. Monsanto is expected to ask for an injunction and will probably file a lawsuit. Norm Bezane/VOICES OF MAUI TALK STORY, LLC PHOTOS