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Dec 20, 2011 7:14 AM by Kate Richards

Boulder County considering biotech crops

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Boulder County commissioners are set to decide whether to allow genetically modified crops on open space land.

The public had a chance to comment earlier this month, and commissioners are scheduled to make a decision at a meeting Tuesday.

A debate over genetically modified organisms on county land erupted after farmers who lease county land sought permission in 2008 to plant sugar beets that were modified to resist the herbicide Roundup. Farmers earlier had won permission to plant genetically modified corn.

The farmers say genetically modified crops can allow them to grow more produce without using as much pesticide, but opponents worry there isn't enough research to show the plants are safe.

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