Boulder County Residents Fight Over GMOs on Public Land

March 1, 2016 12:59 PM
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 Boulder County residents and farmers are at odds about whether to continue to allow genetically modified crops on public land.

The Longmont Daily Times-Call reports that people gathered for a marathon 8 ½-hour public hearing on Monday over the county's policy of allowing some genetically modified crops to be grown on county-owned farms.

Boulder County's Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee and the Board of County Commissioners heard arguments from both sides on whether to continue allowing farmers leasing land to grow GMO corn and sugar beets. They are expected take up the issue again later this month.

GMO opponents say the plants are dangerous to human health, the land and water, and other crops, but those who produce GMOs say farmland shouldn't be managed by a political agenda.

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Spell Check

Benoit Reginster
St alban, VT
3/2/2016 07:50 PM

  We hâve a farm at 9 miles from Lake Champlain Vermont . On the farm we had a pasture for dairy cows for more than 50 years it was full of worms and insects . In2011 we plant soya gmo no till in the pasture .the year later we plant gmo corn in that pasture in 2013 we plant soya gmo again. In the summer 2013 I saw the structure of the soil was changing . I took a shovel and I did not find anay worms they all disaper . The résidues stay on the ground with the gene it Is poison for the insect and worms . Before gmo corn when we plow in the field a lot of seagull fallowed the plow in the furrow they eat worms after gmo corn no more seagull in the back of the plow because no more worms worms are very important for soil structure .I banned all gmo on my farm now