SEED WARS END WITH WINNERS AND LOSERS, ANOTHER BEGINS

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

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