Sunday, December 18th Erika Stutzman advocated for the use of GMO products on Boulder County Open Space. She said scientists, including those opposed, convinced her editorial board that GMO products are okay. She said it would be easy to side with the politically popular choice to ban GMO’s but she doesn’t think a ban would be the right thing to do. Hmmm.
Missing in her opinion is any consideration of taxpayers who bought this land in the first place and what they might feel about this issue. After all, many farmers in Boulder County have been paid a pretty penny to part with their property rights. The question is, do the citizens of Boulder County, the actual owners of Boulder County Open Space, want Monsanto’s products to be used there. I guess… not.
Allowing Monsanto’s genetically altered products on our open space is a bit like hiring Jerry Sandusky to coach our football team. Google “Monsanto lawsuits” and see what you think. Is Monsanto, with all their genetically altered products, a company you would want hanging out on your land?
Ms. Stutzman informs us that GMO crops have been on open space for years so that’s another reason why they should be allowed. We haven’t seen anybody with two heads or extra arms yet, so that must mean these products are safe.
This GMO debate is more than just a scientific argument. It also has something to do with property rights. Who gets to decide? Since it is such a contentious issue, perhaps it should be put on the ballot and get decided by the voters instead of by a couple committees and three county commissioners. Wouldn’t that be the proper way to handle this one?