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Missouri Weighs Unusual Addition to Its Constitution: Right to Farm

Posted on August 5th, 2014 at 15:07 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News -- Write a comment

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Missourians already have the constitutional right to religion, speech and guns. On Tuesday, they could make a novel addition to the State Constitution: the right to farm.

A proposal known as Amendment 1 will be taken up in a statewide vote on Tuesday, leaving Missouri poised to change its Constitution to guarantee the rights of its people to “engage in farming and ranching practices.”

…Opponents have protested that the amendment would be a boon for large industrial farms that would like to avoid potential laws controlling their treatment of animals or the environment, allowing them to pollute the land, extend the use of genetically modified crops and freely experiment with the use of antibiotics in livestock, a trend that has concerned scientists.

Big Ag is making sure that they can continue to do whatever they want. It’s happened elsewhere. And apart from Toledo’s water supplies, there’s this.

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