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Former Boulder, Col mayor: Only people propagating threats and distortions are anti-GMO organizers

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I recently read results of a survey in which 57 percent of respondents reported feeling “strongly” about an issue, yet only 19 percent claimed to know “a lot” about it….Try Boulder County residents on the use of genetically modified crops on county open space

“Climate scientists are at odds with the fossil fuels industry, biologists are at odds with anti-GMO activists,” said Will Toor, former Boulder mayor and county commissioner. “We should apply the same standards.”

Reflecting on his memory of 2011, Toor said, “The only ones making threats were the anti-GMO organizers.”

[Former lobbyist and head of GMO-free Boulder Mary VonBreck said,] “I think the pesticide industry is a slave society and these farmers do not have a say, and they are stuck in a system and they don’t know how to get out.”

Local farmers would beg to differ. “I don’t buy any seed from Monsanto, period,” said fourth-generation sugar beet grower Paul Schlagel. “And I don’t think that’s a bad company.”

“Monsanto’s not the devil — we need to stop saying that because that turns (it) into this really emotional conversation,” said [organic farmer Jason] Condon, advocating discernment.

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