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GMO Crops, Bee-Killing Insecticides to Be Banned on Boulder County-Owned Land

Closeup group of dead bee isolated on white background

Closeup group of dead bee isolated on white background image

by Lorraine Chow [1]
EcoWatch [1]

Excerpts:

Boulder County, Colorado will completely phase out genetically modified (GMO) corn and sugar beets, and neonicotinoid insecticides on county-owned land.

According to the Daily Camera, commissioners voted 2-1 last week to approve the latest version of a transition plan that bans the cultivation of GMO corn by the end of 2019 and GMO sugar beets by the end of 2021. Neonicotinoids, which have been widely blamed for the declines of bees and other pollinators, will also be phased out within five years on county properties.

GMO corn and sugar beets are the only GMO crops grown on county-owned land, accounting for 1,200 acres, or eight percent, of Boulder County’s leased open space in 2015.

Read the full article at EcoWatch [1]