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The Effort to Keep Americans in the Dark About GM Foods

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The Effort to Keep Americans in the Dark About GM Foods

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In November 2011, about 250 Boulder County residents attended a public meeting to discuss the planting of GM (genetically modified) crops on county-owned land.

Their turnout, together with an anti-GMO (genetically modified organism) recommendation from the county’s Food and Agriculture Policy Council, led county officials to vote for a phase out of genetically engineered crops on open space.

This is a powerful testimony to the influence residents can have on their local regulations when they stand together for a cause; you, too, can work toward enacting such a phase out in your area as well.

Boulder Residents, County Officials Say “No” to GMOs

Boulder’s Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee voted 5-4 in support of the Food and Agriculture Policy Council’s recommendation to phase out the planting of GM crops on the county’s open space.

Currently, about 16,000 acres of county-owned land are planted with genetically engineered corn; the new rule will mean these crops will be transitioned out in favor of traditional GMO-free farming practices.

The area has been a hot-spot for GMO debate since 2009, when local farmers wanted to plant genetically engineered sugar beets in the county.

Following public outcry, County commissioners delayed the farmers’ request. Since then, a local survey showed that 56 percent of Boulder County residents supported a ban on GM crops, and now their voices have been heard. As reported by the Boulder Daily Camera, Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee member John Nibarger said:

“There’s the voters’ side of this, and there’s the farmers’ side of this I think we heard rather strongly … (that a lot of voters) don’t want to see GM crops.”

Americans Already Eating GM Foods, While Other Countries Have Banned Them

GM corn, soybeans, canola, and sugar beets have made their way into approximately 80 percent of current U.S. processed grocery store items, now that up to 90 percent of several U.S. grown crops are grown with genetically engineered seed. So if you live in the United States, you have most certainly already been exposed to GM foods — most likely a lot of them.

This is why Boulder’s move to phase out GM crops is such a breath of fresh air, as finally a governing body in the United States is stepping up to protect its residents from this massive, uncontrolled experiment — a move that has already taken place in other parts of the world, and in four counties in California and a city in Maine.

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Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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4:34AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Boycott monsanto and buy organic.

4:31AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Boycott monsanto and buy organic.

2:40PM PDT on May 8, 2012

We deserve healthy food! We deserve a say! We deserve the truth!

11:30AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Literally, have Monsanto's home offices in my back yard (actually, down the road about 12 miles.)

They have too much invested. Not sure we can fight them to the death (which would be preferable), but perhaps we could stall them.

Grassely's most Definitely in their front pocket and one of their biggest cheerleaders. Even my liberal Congressman, Dave Loebsack, seems to waver on his position on them, depending upon who he's talking to.

They truly are the Bastards everyone says they are. These people here in Iowa are SO hoodwinked and zombiefied by them; they'll defend them at every front.

6:19AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

This issue can never get enough attention. Though I'm sure it would take centuries to undo the damage we've done in just a decade or two, I eagerly await the day when all GM foods are banned. Too bad it will most likely happen only after huge numbers of Americans have already suffered the negative consequences.

7:04AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Excellent article! I read it again. We need to keep at this with petitions, educational materials, and articles in every newpaper on-line and off-line.

8:39AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

its corporate greed/ego, pharmaceutical industries and global elitist mafia's attempt to control and criminalize nature..Pathetic..Its high time, public should unite and overthrow like of FDA and all the rest of the bullshit criminal brigade and replace it with something that makes sense "for a change" not just go out there and keep voting and expect something positive out of that jingnbang.. its not gonna happen. Only WE can make that change- BE THAT CHANGE, BE INVOLVED! Stop waiting for corporate pimps and puppets like politicians...Don't allow them take charge of our lives and future! We all need to come forth and create that change..

They want us all sick and enslaved! Research Codex Alimentarius!!!

7:54PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

I liked Victor C.'s comment....God help this generation.

8:06AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

NOTED!

8:04AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

As always, thanks for this very important information. And to you Heidi, thank you so much for the PLU codes, I had no idea that you could tell if they were GM. I will be very aware of them now. I do try and buy organic but unfortunately, not everything is available.

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