Boulder County Revisits Open Space GMO Policy Feb 29, 2016

In 2011, The County began the process of reviewing and rewriting the Parks and Open Space Agricultural Land Cropland Policy. That policy included a provision allowing Open Space leasee farmers to plant GMO corn and GMO sugar beets on publicly-owned lands in spite of strong public opposition. The GMO provision is being reviewed for renewal. Maybe this time around they’ll actually listen to “We the People.” But we have to show up if we want to be heard. And we have to participate if we expect our government to be “of, by and for the People,” and our public lands to be utilized for the benefit of all.

Attend the Feb. 29 Public Hearing on the Use of GMO Crops on County Open Space Lands!

What: Public hearing to consider ending the use of genetically engineered crops on Boulder County Parks and Open Space agricultural lands
When: Monday, February 29, 1 p.m. (afternoon session 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., evening session 6 p.m. – close)
Where:  The Plaza Event Center, 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont, CO (behind the Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel - map)

Five years ago, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space (POS) Cropland Policy approved, with specific protocols, the use of glyphosate-resistant corn and sugar beets on agricultural lands leased by farmers from Boulder County.

That approval expires at the end of this year.

February 29: Attend the public hearing on the planting of GMO crops on Boulder County Open Space Lands! 

Written comments need to be submitted by 2 p.m. on Friday, February 26. Use the Public Comment form here. To learn more about the issues, click here.

The Boulder County POS Cropland Policy encompasses only 16,000 acres of agricultural lands. But regardless of the amount of acreage affected, Boulder County should promote innovative, regenerative agricultural methods, not conventional chemical and genetically engineered cropping systems.

Ending the approval of GMO corn and sugar beets on county open space lands would be a step towards a more regenerative, local food system for Boulder County.

Five years ago this issue was one of the most divisive the County had ever encountered. Your County Commissioners need to hear from you! 

February 29: Attend the public hearing on the planting of GMO crops on Boulder County Open Space Lands! In order to avoid speaking late in the evening, advance online sign-ups are encouraged.

If you can’t attend the hearing, submit your written comment here by 2 p.m. on Friday, February 26. We’ve provided some talking points and resources here to help you write your comments.