Boulder County residents fight over GMOs on public land

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LONGMONT, Colo. | 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 (https://bit.ly/1LtDevj ) 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.

Information from: Daily Times-Call, https://timescall.com/