To me, today was no surprise. The three commissioners each talked for 30 minutes. It was a rather pedestrian stroll through all the reasons why they should continue doing the same thing as they’ve been doing. We got Will Toor’s quasi-scientific evaluation, “as a physicist no less,” and reading of all the information found there was nothing credible to dissuade him saying no to GMOs. Cindy Domenico spoke about growing up on a farm and how important this was in helping form her opinion. Ben Pearlman kind of fit comfortably in-between the two, with all of them claiming the decision was “Middle of the road and gave consideration to all parties involved.” From a citizen’s perspective, I think a rather large constituency was left out of the consideration, but we can address this through our on-going public conversation.
We’re going to have a press conference in the next day or so where we chart our coexistence path going forward. To me, I’m very excited. Now that we’ve got 100% more GMOs to be planted on open space, there’s a lot more to talk about to the public. Bonn appetite! And don’t eat any GMOs (3Cs & 2Ss: Corn, Canola, Cotton Seed & Sugar (from Beets–look for 100% cane sugar) and SOY.
Today we’ll all find out what our County Commissioners have in store for Boulder County’s future. Are we going to see the will of the people? Are we going to see Ron Stewart suggesting a coexistent GMO-Organic mashup? Any way you mash it, this issue will not end with today’s commissioner vote. The citizens are awakening to how the public lands they paid for are farmed with GMO crops. I’m sure many more are still unaware that Boulder County Open Space is buying $100,000.00s of dollars of GMO seeds, pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and WATER EVERY YEAR as part of our current cropland policy. How’s that sit with you? Not only do they allow GMOs on public open space, YOU ARE PAYING FOR IT!
For me, I’m NOT going to show up early to hear what they have to say. I showed early the other week only to see some slick dance moves that put the average citizens well back on the speaking schedule in favor of the entire CSU Ag department, outside special interests and farmers. No, I’m not intent upon getting their first because I saw what can happen when open space sets the agenda: the citizens are told to take a seat in the back of the GMO bus.
This is about the citizens setting the course for how our public croplands should be used: regenerative, healthy food production to feed Boulder County’s residents. It should be a job creator and a food incubator that nourishes everyone: consumer, value-added processors, farmers and animals too. I envision a healthy future for Boulder County, one that is sustainable and prosperous because we look within to find our strength rather than relying on patented seeds, chemicals and fuel from far away. This discussion will continue…I’m off to find a seat!
To read and endorse “The Citizens Cropland Policy” click here
The time has come to make a difference. Thursday December 8th at 6 PM our County Commissioners will hear the Parks & Open Space Cropland Policy. At stake is how the public’s 25,000 acres of cropland will be stewarded: continued and expanded planting of genetically manipulated organisms (GMOs), or banning their planting and cultivation in favor of steering the use of these lands for the healthy production of food, fiber and fodder for the benefit of all Boulder County citizens.
Go to our Key Dates page for information and details about the meeting.
Here is the advertisement in today’s paper: (Monsanto Promises that their patented GMO seeds are safe. Is this the same kind of “safe” they promised with DDT?)
Endorse the Citizens Cropland Policy here.
Having invested considerable time monitoring the Boulder County cropland policy over its 9 month process, I have a very good idea why this has become such a hotly debated issue. The public really wasn’t meant to be involved, have a say nor weigh in on the policy matter. Parks and Open Space even hired a professional facilitator to ensure their desired outcome would be achieved: Continued and expanded use of GMOs on public Open Space cropland. I believe this because I witnessed the proceedings from beginning to end. None of the 1,000 plus pages of citizen input were considered. On several occasions we’d hear condescending remarks from the Cropland panel member directed at the anti-GMO audience, Luddites are we. We witnessed people, on numerous occasions, rendering policy decisions that would directly effect their county lease agreements. I sat there stunned at what I saw figuring justice and fairness would ultimately be served. At the very least, I’d continue showing up until it did.
After the County rendered their predictable recommendations, we decided enough was enough and that the citizens voices would be heard and our demands considered. We convened a group of 14 citizens, more qualified to weigh policy decisions as the Cropland Policy Advisory Group, because our group included some PhD scientists, Agri-economists, organic farmers, policy wonks and non-chemical biological farm experts, and we created our own cropland policy, complete with a ban on GMOs and transition plan so farmers don’t suffer any short-term disruption. Go figure. What the citizens did it was nothing less than impressive. They drafted their policy and placed it side-by-side with the County’s iteration so anyone can see word for word, item for item how they compared and differed. The Citizens Cropland Policy also posted voluminous appendices, peer-reviewed research and support documentation. The County’s offering included the majority pro-GMO opinion, originally omitting the minority report advocating a GMO ban, and just to emphasize their GMO inclinations, appended about 60 pages of Monsanto Marketing collateral and GMO biotech propaganda. Priceless. Even a hasty perusal of the policies side-by-side will demonstrate that the Citizens take their publicly owned lands seriously. The public trust and public process was trampled. I showed up and saw what happened and will continue to show until I see the public’s best interest served. And I urge everyone else to show up and continue showing up until all our voices are heard, which I believe will echo: We don’t want GMOs on our publicly owned open space croplands. Period.
Who’s joining me?
For information about the commissioners public hearing, please click here