I hope you sent a reporter to the Food and Agriculture Board meeting tonight. The courthouse was overflowing with citizens who oppose GMO sugar beets being grown on our open spaces. In fact, there were over 100 people signed up to speak. I do not wish to get into the issue of the dangers of GMOs as this subject has already been well covered. It seems to me that an equally important issue is the fact that this is public land paid for with our tax dollars. Why then are farmers that use this land not required to grow crops that nourish us in some way and not just pad their pocketbooks? Sugar beets are not the red beets that your grandmother canned. They are specifically grown to supply white, processed sugar to large corporations like Mars Candy. They happen to grow very well in our climate and are known as “white gold” as they have been more profitable than the gold rush for our area. However, with the cost of fuel and food on the rise again, why are we using our open spaces to grow something that we can’t even eat? For those of you that are also alarmed by this, please be sure to let your county commissioners know how you feel. They will put this to a final vote on August 25th.