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County Commissioners postpone transition to non-GMO crops


Courtesy photo Niwot’s Tom Theobald speaks at the June 3 Boulder County Commissioners meeting regarding the dangers genetically engineered crops and neonicotinoid pesticides on Boulder County Parks and Open Space properties.

Conversion of Boulder County leased farmland to genetically modified-free zones has been extended by county commissioners for another two years for corn crops and four additional years for sugar beet crops. The highly-charged issue brought out concerned citizens and farmers, making for standing room only during the June 3 hearing.

Fiddling with the genetics of the seeds isn’t the biggest issue. It’s the chemicals added to the seeds, glyphosates (found in Roundup) and neonicotinoids (neonics) that are alarming to many consumers and concerned citizens. Harm to bee colonies and the leachin...

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