BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Boulder County commissioners have voted to allow farmers to plant some genetically modified corn and sugar beets on county-owned open space that they lease, with restrictions.

The Daily Camera reports ( ) that on Tuesday, commissioners supported continuing to allow farmers to plant corn that has been genetically engineered to resist insects or the herbicide glyphosate, which is a key ingredient in the weed control product Roundup.

They also supported letting farmers plant Roundup Ready sugar beets, which have been modified to resist glyphosate.

Commissioners said they would consider whether to allow genetically modified crops with other traits, such as drought resistance, as they are developed in the future.

Some farmers have said genetically modified organisms can help boost yields, but opponents say they're worried about whether they're safe.


Information from: Daily Camera,

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