When the Boulder County commissioners in 2016 voted to phase out genetically-engineered crops — GMOs — on county-owned farmland, the plan included measures that were intended to smooth the transition for tenant farmers and ensure good stewardship of the land.

There was a proposed research initiative.

There was a commitment to help affected farmers avoid financial hardships.

There was the promise of annual reports and public hearings on transition progress.

There was the phase-out itself.

None of these measures has proceeded the way officials said they would — except for one: the phase-out. The county is moving forward without completing the work necessary for the GMO ban to materialize as fair and sound policy. That’s a mistake.

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