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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?)

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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?

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GMOs are patented. They are not the same as normal food.

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My getting involved in the GMO debate came as a result of self-discovery. I found out last year that GMOs were introduced into our food supply in 1996 under a fraudulent pretense. This is separate from the health and scientific considerations regarding GMOs, and this is a whole discussion unto itself, but suffice to say that GMOs are not what the industry and FDA say they are. I’ll explain.

A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States. The basis for all patent eligibility is that the invention must be “Distinct and New.” On this basis, the idea that GMOs are substantially equivalent is false. Sure, it looks like corn, soy or canola, but at a protein level it is NOT THE SAME. May I suggest a best selling book called “The Unhealthy Truth” by Robyn O’brien….It explores the rampant incidence of auto-immune system dysfunction in the USA which she equates to the introduction of bio-engineered food and additives in our food supply. She goes on to explain correlation is not causation, but her corollary research is rather stunning.

Changing the instructions for life to become part of a pesticide delivery system was an evolutionary event. Humans and animals co-evolved with our surroundings over thousands of years. Adaptation went both ways and occurred over multiple generations. With GMOs introduction into our food supply, without human food safety testing, we were quite literally treated as lab rats. The new GMO proteins could, and I believe does, cause untold health consequences. But we don’t know because without labels traceability is impossible. The deceit and lack of transparency of the biotech industry and complicit actions of the regulatory agencies was unforgivable in my opinion.

The fact that over 25 nations ban GMOs or require labeling supports my argument that GMOs pose a risk. There they employ the precautionary principle choosing not to expose their citizens to risk until the technology has been proven safe. Here in the US the end consumer is the last consideration, profit is the first. We have a long list of class action lawsuits representing our litigious after-the-fact way of addressing gross injustice…after the damage has already been done. Tobacco. Asbestos. Agent Orange. I hope that GMOs are not the next class action. But considering that they likely touch every American citizen, I suspect that there are more than a few class action attorneys licking their lips at the prospect of a payout of damages for 300,000,000 Americans. It’s a very risky proposition all the way around. And without any human safety testing, I don’t buy the biotech line at all. Calling a patented product the same as normal food is like saying a peddle cart is a Ferrari.

GMOs are not the same as normal food. A patent confirms they are novel and distinct.

Doing the GMO Cropland Shuffle

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I’ve been to many of these cropland and food meetings but this particular event was special. Farming theatrics! Dick Miller and another farmer stole the show! Their stories were worthy of the Monsanto GMO Farm Hall of Fame in terms of how they extolled the benefits of the “technology” and decried the anti-GMO crowd. The bleating and moaning about how they’d be ruined if GMOs were taken away received the Monty, the Biotech industry award for supporting Monsanto’s GMO message to the farmer masses. If one ever needed evidence as to how Monsanto brainwashes the farmers, this was it.

These two men went on to say that taking GMOs away would ruin farmers in the county and pesticide use would skyrocket! I’m surprised they didn’t make any Biblical references but this is probably forbidden in Monsanto’s demonic Technology Stewardship Agreement. What were the fellow panel members to do? Call bullshit? Being the good people they are, the rest of the panel people relented. I can’t say I’d blame them. How can you rebut the fellow with 40 years of applying some of the harshest chemicals known to man? Not something to be proud of mind you, but it’s an acknowledgement of interpersonal dynamics and challenges in working in a group to write policy. The idea that the GMO farmers are writing the policy that allows them plant GMOs is corrupt to the core. If I had had served together on this effort, I’m sure it would be a tough decision, but I’d be serving for the entire public’s best interest and not just a handful of farmers, those who are so inextricably dependent on GMOs.

I believe this entire process was drafted according to Ron Stewart’s plan. There has been no discussion. There were no facts presented or risks weighed. One farmer did admit that getting non-GMO seed was difficult and the only option was GMO. The fact that more and more control is being consolidated to a few companies that control the seed seemed to be lost on the panel. The biotech industry continues to tighten its grasp controlling all seed, forked tongues licking the air as they speak, while extolling coexistence as the way forward. It’s akin to a thug telling a victim, this is going to hurt me more than it does you.

Ron Stewart is a smart fellow, not in stewarding the public’s asset to our collective benefit or ROI (Return on Investment), but in directing this public asset to the exclusive benefit and use by .0001% of the citizens.  The rest of Boulder County’s 394,560 citizens get lands despoiled with chemicals and alien GMO DNA that destroys heritage crops and organics. It’s a pretty smelly deal any way you cut it. He’s maintained tight control on the process, towards continued GMO crops and giving the farmers everything they want. For Open Space and the farmers it’s the easiest thing to do. OK. But is it the right thing to do for now and the long term? No. The public and future generations have NOT been given proper consideration. I strongly believe our best interests have been ignored.

For the citizen efforts, we’ve garnered some forum time and even received a couple of honorable mentions, but considering the amount of time, effort and energy we’ve brought to the table, all volunteer mind you, our efforts have been practically ignored. The public wasn’t even given thanks for the their participation. Pretty shabby in my opinion considering that we showed up and contributed to the dialog. I guess we’re to been seen and not heard. Tough. Public service shouldn’t be a freaking cake walk. While the staff at Parks and Open space show up at work and receive their salary, we citizens are fending off this GMO assault on our own dime. But when our collective health is put at-risk by the actions of a few, it’s a worthwhile effort.

I don’t think the system counted on the passion and persistence of a citizens-in-action who desire changes in how their public lands are being used (and abused I might add!). We aren’t the few and monied interest-minions of Mark Retzloff and Steve Demos, as Dick Miller claimed. We’re people who give a damn, and there are thousands of us in this community. Ours is a public service. We do it of our own free will with the idea of informing and educating our fellow citizens. We want to see changes that benefit the many, not just a handful of special interests.

We appreciate the time and efforts of Richard Andrews for his research and dedication. Sadly, I don’t think it was fully considered nor appreciated by the panel. This might have something to do with how Open Space fast tracked the development process over 9 months, and then jammed the review into one and two days respectively. How can one consider all the pros and cons within 24 hours? Wham bam, no thank you Ron. There was no time to examine the details.

What happened last night was a slap in the face of every citizen. Yes, the farmers are part of this group too, but the disingenuous anecdotes and strident refusals to weigh the public risks for their private benefit effectively puts them into a special interest group. It’s all about their profits and their livelihood made possible by the blood, sweat and tears of their fellow citizens. This has been a one-way street. As the official Cropland traffic police force, it’s time the citizens awaken and embrace their power and role in pulling this careening GMO bus off to the side of the road and revoking planting privileges. The danger to public health and our lands cannot be ignored.

“The Citizen’s Cropland Policy”

“We, the citizens of Boulder County, in order to create a more perfect food system, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common need, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of a food system free from the influences of corporate power, and insure public land free from genetic and chemical contamination and destructive practices, for ourselves and our future, have established ‘The Citizen’s Cropland Policy’ for the management of our County Open Space Agricultural Lands.”

Though somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the above statement clearly describes the lengths we have had to go to in order to have our voices heard.

This upcoming Tuesday evening, November 15th, Parks and Open Space staff will present their newly written POS Cropland Policy to a joint session of the Food and Agriculture Policy Council (FAPC) and the Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission (POSAC) who will review the POS policy and decide if it should be recommended to the Commissioners. Click HERE for details.

WHY: Presentation of the Cropland Policy
WHEN: November 15 at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont, CO

The POS policy allows the planting and growing of GMOs on Open Space land!

Be there to support your fellow citizens in declaring and demanding that our Public Land be managed without GMOs and inputs that poison and contaminate and with practices that insure healthy production of food for the citizens of Boulder County. Through our presence and our words, we have the opportunity to convince members of FAPC and POSAC that the proposed POS Cropland Policy DOES NOT reflect the will of the people of Boulder County.

We need A THOUSAND PEOPLE to show up!

In addition, we will be taking the public comment opportunity to present an alternative “Citizen’s Cropland Policy” that has been written by a hardworking and dedicated group of concerned citizens. We are looking for volunteers to assist in presenting this policy. If you would like to take your three minute time allotment and volunteer to read a portion of the policy, please email us at (please check this site on Monday to review the final draft).

Or you can use your three minutes to present a statement you have prepared yourself or be there to support those who are speaking.

Mark this date on your calendar and commit to joining other Boulder County citizens in taking a stand against GMOs on Open Space. And tell everyone you know! Post it on Facebook! Email it to your list! Let’s create the largest citizen action for any issue in the history of Boulder County!

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