Several Colorado agricultural groups are on high alert for the possible introduction of new legislation targeting genetically modified crops this year.
Becky Brooks, state lobbyist for the Colorado Corn Growers Association, reported at the Colorado Ag Classic that she has heard “rumblings” about a statewide push for some type of GMO initiative.
“There’s a chance it could be coming up in Colorado this year,” added Jules Van Thuyne, a Longmont farmer who farms land held in a conservation easement managed by Boulder County. “Nobody’s exempt. Every county along the Front Range has an open space program. It could very easily become a state issue.”
According to news reports, 30 states around the country are now working on legislation relating to labeling of genetically modified crops. New Mexico, Washington, Oregon and Vermont are likely to see new initiatives pop up this year.
Debate over use of the technology, which represents progress to some and a source of concern to others, isn’t likely to end any time soon.
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