LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' is right to abuse

Monday, July 28, 2014 | 11:29 a.m. CDT

Proponents of Amendment 1 want us to believe that it is a measure to protect the rights of family farmers, who just want the freedom to make a living from their family farms.

If this were true, most of us would support the measure, but if it were just family farming we were asked to support, there would be no need for a constitutional amendment.

The amendment is aimed at protecting the rights of the most abusive commercial agriculture. It gives a blank check to CAFOs, puppy mills and other nonfamily farming.

The Boone County Democratic Central Committee opposes attempts to allow abusive farming practices to go completely unregulated. Such operations have a huge effect on surrounding properties and on the health of the small farming enterprises proponents of Amendment 1 claim to protect.

The amendment, if passed, will deny the right of the public to have any role in the control of abusive agricultural enterprises which have a profound negative impact on our Missouri communities.

Please, vote NO! on Constitutional Amendment 1 on the Aug. 7 primary ballot.

Homer Page is chairman of the Boone County Democratic Central Committee.


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