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Citizens Cropland Policy says no to GMOs in Boulder County

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"We, the citizens of Boulder County, in order to create a more perfect food system, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common need, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of a food system free from the influences of corporate power, and ensure public land free from genetic and chemical contamination and destructive practices, for ourselves and our future, have established 'The Citizens Cropland Policy' as the guiding principles for the management of our County Open Space Agricultural Lands."

So reads the homepage of the Boulder County Citizens Cropland Policy, started to oppose any effort of the Boulder County Commissioners to allow genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on publicly funded open space, and offer an alternative to the policies put forth by Boulder County Parks and Open Space and the county's Cropland Policy Advisory Group in response to a proposal made two and a half years ago by six farmers who wanted to introduce GMO sugar beets.

The Boulder County Board of Commissioners will be meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Longmont Conference Center, 1850 Industrial Circle, to consider a staff recommendation that GMOs be allowed on public land on a case-by-case basis; public comment will be accepted. The board will make its final decision later this month.

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