Boulder Farmers Protest GMOs



Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO's may have met their match in Boulder, Colorado. Farmers came out in large numbers to protest the introduction of GMO's at the November 15, 2011 joint session of the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee and the Food and Agriculture Policy Council.

This fight has been building for a while beginning in December 2008 when a few local farmers requested permission to use genetically modified sugar beet seeds on leased government land. By the fall of 2009, the decision was yet to be made as a plan still needed to be developed for the management of the GMO's. In 2011, the plan was finally ready to present and the fires of local farmers were ignited, with many taking to the streets and the media to protest the introduction of the seeds into the area.

Another group that has surfaced in the fight against GMO's is the GM Know group. They also have been very active in protesting through full page newspaper ads and various other media to stop the passage of a crop policy that would allow the use of GMO's by local farmers. GMO Free Boulder is another group that meets in homes and pools their resources to fight the use of GMO's. For now, the fight is on their side. GMO crops will be phased out and no new crops will be approved while a new policy is being developed.

 

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