Maui Council approves GM taro ban
Oct. 12, 2009
The Maui News quoted Mayor Charmaine Tavares as saying that she would support the ban. "I support the intent of the bill and the protection of Hawaiian kalo (taro), which deserves our respect and acknowledgment for its ancestral ties to Native Hawaiians, our host culture," Tavares said.
Some scientists, however, expressed opposition to the ban. Harold Keyser, from the University of Hawaiis College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources in Maui County, asked for some way to conduct research on the crop, stressing that in one case research on taro has led to the replenishment of a taro crop that was lost in American Samoa.
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