Residents of two Oregon counties have passed voter initiatives banning the growing of genetically engineered crops.

Reuters reported Wednesday that 66 percent of Jackson County voters supported the moratorium. The race in the county of just 117,650 registered voters attracted more than $1 million in campaign money.

Voters in Josephine County also approved a ban, but Reuters reported that the law will likely be challenged in court because the state prohibited such GMO bans last year. (The Jackson County initiative was underway before that law was passed)

The Oregon county bans come just as Maui County residents push a voter initiative to temporarily ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops. Hawaii County voted to ban new GMO crops last year.

Photo: Kauai voters celebrate the passage of a law requiring more disclosure from biotech companies (Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat)

— Anita Hofschneider

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