Hurrah! Boulder County Commissioners Will Toor, Ben Pearlman, Cindy Domenico bravely flout commonsense, vote for GMOs.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 20, 2011
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A Good Day for Monsanto & Friends in Green-lite Boulder County.

We had the chance to begin a historic movement for the People and against corporation-controlled “food” and pesticides. Instead, we made the bold choice to embrace The Man, and abdicate precedent-setting leadership. Thanks, politically-incorrect Daily Camera. Thanks, Will. Thanks, Ben. Thanks, Cindy. It must have been hard not to listen to your constituents (though, easier at the last meeting where Monsanto & Friends had reserved speaking slots up until 11:30 pm).

In a heroically bold move, all three Boulder County Commissioners—their salaries paid for by the same taxpayers who pay for Boulder’s once-inspiring Open Space program—have approved the use of Genetically-Modified-Organisms (GMOs)—plants developed and patented by Monsanto and other major out of state corps—on our public lands. All this despite common sense, which might require us to have labeled, and tested GMOs thoroughly to be safe longterm (rather, GMO crops are addicted to Monsanto/etc-owned pesticides, that they may eventually grow immune to).

Will, Cindy and Ben could have cravenly thought about eco-responsibility, public health, and the good of the next seven generations. They could have represented their constituents—you know, human beings—who have been polled against untested GMOs in overwhelming numbers. Instead, they pulled a Palin and went rogue—voting for six farmers and out-of-state Corporations’ interests instead of little things like local constituents, and Mother Earth as God gave her to us.

I hope Stephen Colbert invites them on his show—they well fit his description of heroes.

PS: yes, everyone I’ve talked to today is depressed. A constant refrain: “What’s happening to Boulder?”



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


14 Responses to “Hurrah! Boulder County Commissioners Will Toor, Ben Pearlman, Cindy Domenico bravely flout commonsense, vote for GMOs.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Well, I wouldn't go there. Just weeks ago we blazed our own way energy-wise to increase renewables, against 1000000 bucks of advertising via Xcel. This was a case of a very-well-organized Monsanto-and-friends vs various great but not overly cohesive, politically-savvy organizations–you know, real human beings. I'm shocked Will voted for GMOs…and saddened at the other two. We'll have to elect reps who rep, next time.

    I say that without relish: I've looooved Will for many years, and Ben has never been anything but kind and cool. Don't know Cindy.

  2. Boulderluv says:

    Dear Mr. Smith:

    We hear you loud and clear. And we thank you and Mary for your leadership, leadership which is so lacking in the City and County of Boulder.

    And thank you, Elephant, for your faithful service to our community and smacking our oppressors with that big trunk of yours.

  3. elephantjournal says:

    Steven Hoffman A sad day for the right to healthy food. A sad day in that a small handful of industrial agriculture corporations continue to consolidate control of our seeds, our farmland, and our food system and force upon us food that makes us sick. A sad day for Boulder – one of the hearts of the organic food industry. Aach, I'm disgusted…

    Cynthia Beard Seriously? How sad.

  4. DaveTelf says:

    Way that's an admirably calm and measured response. but c'mon, ANGER! DRAMA! FURY! HYPERBOLE!

  5. elephantjournal says:

    I heard today about some gent, Ron something? Who appointed himself head of Open Space when he was a commish. He was apparently ring-leader on this one? Can someone fill me in?

  6. elephantjournal says:

    Via Reddit: Small farmer here. Worked with cattle, chickens, and the whole 9 yards since I could walk. Everyone I know realizes and acknowledges just how evil Monstanto really is. And that's the only word for it. Evil. Unfortunately for farmers, there is so much risk in growing food, you don't know if you'll be able to make to it the next year or the next. One bad seasons can ruin you and the next thing you know, you've lost a farm that's 4 generations old.

    If … really want to make a difference, find your local farmers and support them. We don't like Monstanto, some of us are trying really hard to get away from them, but we really need YOUR help.

    EDIT: If anyone wants to get an idea of the place:

  7. EvanFromHeaven says:

    With 71% of Boulder County AGAINST GMOs, we could get rid of them FAST if we had ballot initiatives on the County level. Most people are against the Afghanistan war too, but we have no ballot initiatives nationally either. We have ballot initiatives in 24 states, but the Feds keep busting legal medical marijuana users, who got that right by ballot initiative, in 10 of 16 States with it (and all the first ones) Famed former Senator Mike Gravel (who did more than anyone to end Vietnam) has the best plan to give citizens the power to make laws at ALL levels, in every locality, county, state and the nation:

    Ballot initiatives are the origin of most reforms, recently including publicly financed elections (passed by initiative in 7 of 8 states with such "clean" elections), medical marijuana (in 10 of 16 states with it), term limits (in 14 of 15 states with them) and increasing minimum wages (in all 6 states that tried in 2006). See for references and more examples. The media have focused on the few problem initiatives in order to please politicians, who resent sharing power with the people, and who keep the initiative process difficult for us. (It's easy for the wealthy, who also control politicians.)The most fundamental reform is NATIONAL ballot initiatives with improvements like Oregon is now using:

  8. elephantjournal says:

    Jonathan S ‎@Will Toor – Just saw your vote, looking forward to hearing the nuance behind this.

  9. Evan, Thanks for this info. There isn't a single tool of democracy that we don't have to guard like Fort Knox anymore, including the citizens ballot initiative, in those states that allow it. National Ballot initiatives could, in a months time, straighten out the whole mess with which the Occupy movement is grappling so heroically. Scott Smith gets it absolutely right when he draws attention to the dangers of unelected and therefore unaccountable officials like Ron Stewart who is the defacto head of Boulder County government and sets the agendas that the rest of the county, present Commissioners included, dare not challenge. Please go to and join us in strategizing our next steps together.

  10. Andréa Balt says:

    My dad is an organic farmer. This hurts. #F*ckMonsanto.

  11. elephantjournal says:

    Oscar Max Johanson Whoa, in the face of public opinion even. What the hell is going on?

    Kim Riether Coupounas boo – unlike unlike unlike. Shame on our Commissioners

    Aprylisa Snyder Gross.

    Andy Acker Monsanto must have slipped them some serious cash, too. I hope you all un-elect the hell out of them.

    Benjamin Fullerton Boooo!!! Does anyone still represent the people…?

    Oscar Max Johanson The people represent the people. 10,000 Boulderites on the lawn would be a fine representation of public opinion. I know a guy with a big mailing list. ⬆⬆⬆

    Barbara Kantor I'm quite sad and shocked at their vote. How many of the commissioners are up for re-election? I've noticed they have not been representing us…

    Marlene Zaleznick This is awful

    Gene Malowany Vote them out! Send a message! What a lack of vision! More importantly, not an iota of common sense. Did we really elect these idiots? Makes you wonder about that portion of Revelations that says we will destroy our food supply, doesn't it? Did they really do this after all the public outcry? If this were the 30s, they would be run out on a rail. Embarrassed to be associated with Boulder. Never thought I'd say that.

    Scott Smith Gene, do you know where we can get three rails?

    Tom Grasso Wow….

  12. Boulderluv says:

    Hello Elephant:

    Yes, let's get together and support our farmers.

    I think that town and country, friends and farmers have been separate for too long.

  13. ARCreated says:

    this scares me more than just about anything I have read in a long time…if boulder caves to monsanto we are all screwed 🙁

  14. ARCreated says:

    PS where do you buy your heirloom seeds? I am finally somewhere I can start gardening and well…yeah…this is the biggest wake up call yet…