Colorado’s Boulder County Initiates Phase-Out of GE Crops

On March 17, 2016,  Boulder County’s Board of County Commissioners ordered a draft plan for the phase-out of GE crops on publically owned farmlands. The current directive allowing select GE crops to be planted on public land will remain in effect until the end of the year, with the phase-out anticipated to span three-to-seven years.

Since 2011, Colorado’s Boulder County has been on a track to limit plantings of genetically engineered  (GE) crops on its county-owned “Open Space” land. At present, farmers can plant Roundup Ready corn and sugar beet, and representatives from the Farmers’ Alliance for Integrated Resources (F.A.I.R.) want to add Roundup Ready alfalfa and other GE corn cultivars onto the list of approved crops.

Lisa Stokke, OSGATA Board member and co-founder of Food Democracy Now!,  spoke in opposition to the allowance of GE crops on public lands at the Boulder, CO, meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on March 17.

Here’s a brief video from the board meeting. To learn more, check out coverage from the Daily Camera.

 

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