Maui County voters opted Tuesday to temporarily ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops after a hard-fought campaign featuring $8 million in advertising from some of the world’s largest corn-seed producers.
The ban passed by a narrow margin, with 50 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed. Blank votes accounted for the balance.
The moratorium would be in place until the county council reviews safety studies on growing the crops. The studies would be paid for by the seed companies but administered by the county.