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Sugar Beets Spur County to Reconsider Biotech Food

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Famuer Rasmussen Jr. and five other farmers filed what they thought was a routine request to grow genetically modified sugar beets on public land in Colorado's Boulder County. The county already had allowed genetically altered corn.

But the farmers got an earful.

Complaints from residents and organic food activists concerned about the crops' safety and local businesses hoping to maintain Boulder as a center for natural and organic products prompted county commissioners to reassess their genetically modified crops policy.

"This went from a campfire to a raging wildfire," the Rasmussen, 45, said of the reaction to the six farmers' December request.

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