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Boulder, Colorado Bans GE Crops on City Land

8/30/00
Colorado Town Bans GMOs on Leased Farmland
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(30 August - Cropchoice News) -- A municipal panel in Boulder, Colorado
has adopted a new policy to ban biotech crops from city land. The City of
Boulder owns about 33,000 acres of open space, of which over 15,000 are
leased for agriculture. The primary reason for the new policy are fears
that herbicide-resistant crops might be planted on leased land. Cityofficials
say too little is known about the long-term impacts of these crops.

Boulder's public land trustees unanimously approved the new policy last
Wednesday, August 23rd. One city official told the Rocky Mountain News
that "One of our charges is to protect environmental resources, and there
are enough concerns about genetically modified crops to justify taking
this action."

According to the paper, Boulder County is studying the possibility of
following suit with a similar policy.

Starting next year, city officials will alter leases to require farmers to
plant conventional crops.

A small but significant number of local governments are leading a
mini-revolt against federal policy on biotech. Most actions, like the
city council resolutions recently passed in Minneapolis, MN and Austin,
TX, are non-binding resolutions related to GMO labels on food. Boulder's
policy is different in that it has teeth for the small piece of farmland
owned by the city. A number of other local initiatives are underway from
New England to San Francisco.

SOURCE: Rocky Mountain News
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