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March 10, 2016

Boulder County Commissioners and POSAC to deliberate cropland policy/GMOs comments next week

A public hearing was held Monday, Feb. 29 to take public testimony; no additional testimony will be taken at the public meetings scheduled for March 15 and March 17.

Boulder County, Colo. - The
Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) along with the Parks and Open Space
Advisory Committee (POSAC) will hold separate meetings next week to consider
public testimony received on the use of certain genetically engineered (also referred to as GMO)
crops on a portion of Boulder County-owned Open Space agricultural lands.

Public Meetings – March 15 and March 17

  • POSAC
    will deliberate public comments received concerning the Cropland Policy
    Five-Year Review Regarding Genetically Engineered Corn and Sugarbeets on Tuesday, March 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m.*
    , and make a recommendation to the County
    Commissioners.
  • The
    Boulder County Commissioners will deliberate public comments received concerning
    the Cropland Policy Five-Year Review Regarding Genetically Engineered Corn and
    Sugarbeets, including the POSAC recommendation, on
    Thursday, March 17 beginning at 4 p.m.*


No further public testimony will be taken at either meeting.

Both meetings will be held in the:

County Commissioners’
Hearing Room
Boulder County Courthouse
1325 Pearl Street, 3rd floor
Boulder, Colo. 80302

Background

A public hearing was held on
Feb. 29 at the Plaza Event Center in Longmont to take public input on whether
to continue or change the current approval in Section 6.1 of the Boulder County
Parks & Open Space Cropland Policy that allows for the use of certain
genetically engineered (GE) crops on Open Space land. That approval expires on
Dec. 20, 2016.

More
than 100 people spoke at the day-long public hearing, and hundreds
more have submitted written comments since mid-January. (Note: an
audio recording of the Feb. 29 hearing and copies of written
comments are available on the
Cropland Policy web page)

More
information, plus a form to submit written comments, can be found at: bit.ly/BCcropland. Comments
received before noon on Tuesday, March 15 will be forwarded to POSAC and the
BOCC before the scheduled public meetings.

Comments may also be
mailed to:
Boulder County Commissioners’
Office
Cropland Policy Comments
PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

www.bouldercounty.org >>