On August 5, 2014, voters in Missouri will be voting. One of those ballets will be about amending the Missouri constitution, amendment 1 will change how farming and ranching in Missouri is done. Contrary to popular belief the amendment would NOT support ranchers and farmers in the state. In fact, it will do just the opposite. Although a lot of people do not understand, this is because the ballet will read one thing while the actual legislative will read something very different. Why would it be that way you ask? It will be that way because the legislative does not want you to know that when you vote yes for amendment 1 that you will actually be voting against Missouri farmers and ranchers.
According to the Sullivan Journal, in an article written on August 5, "The Right To Farm amendment, is a waste of ballot ink. The citizens of Missouri already have a right to farm and any contention that we're losing it is absolute nonsense. Foreign ownership and intervention by others is already protected." The truth of the matter here is further revealed in the article as it goes on to announce that, "This amendment is not for the little family farmer - it's for the corporate farms and others that do not have our interests in mind." In fact, the ballet that voters will see will read entirely different than the actual legislative about the amendment.
Here is what voters will read on the ballet, "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed?" When the actual legislative will read, "That agriculture which provides food, energy, health benefits, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri's economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri's economy, the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state, subject to duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by article VI of the Constitution of Missouri."
There is a major difference here. According to Scott O'Riley, a concerned and well educated citizen as well as registered voter, "Legislation says "rights of farmers and ranchers", not " rights of Missouri citizens" as the ballot says and Amendment one proposal is a sham" Scott asks for you to vote NO on this proposal, because it is clear that the changes to the Missouri constitution will open up whole new can of worms that will not be able to be controlled and we are not talking positive changes in this state's farming practices.
When Missouri farmers and ranchers are no longer in control of the agriculture because big corporations come in and call themselves a ranch or farm, we have all sorts of problems no longer in the hands of the people that built the agriculture in this state, the small town farmers! Not only would this amendment take control out of the farmers hands in Missouri, but it would also make labeling genetically modified (GMOs) food illegal. The people of this state, this country, have a right to know what is in their food. Organic farming and practices could and would be infringed on, this does not preclude small family farms!
According to a news article from the Huffington Post, on August 1, 2014, "The Missouri Farmers Union sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling for a formal investigation into the potentially illegal use of federal pork check-off funds for a last-minute lobbying blitz in favor of Missouri's Amendment 1, an overreaching and radical "right to farm" measure to be decided next Tuesday by voters there." This just keeps getting worse, now we can see that there quite possibly is an illegal funneling of money into this bill. With so much at stake, and so much to be questioned, it seems as if this bill should rather be squashed rather than voted on.