In a move to gain total control of the farming industry, three resolutions have been proposed in the state of Missouri. Saint Louis, Missouri is the home of biotech giant Monsanto’s headquarters. These laws have been deceitfully written to appear to support modernization and progression in farming, while in reality their passage will severely limit the rights of small farmers to reuse organic seeds and preserve livestock lines. Small farmers provide consumers with their primary source for local, non GMO, organic foods. It is essential to take action to protect small farmers in individual states, particularly in light of the recent signing of the Monsanto Protection Act by President Obama.
Alternate verbiage that would truly protect family farms was offered well over a month ago to Representative Jason Smith, the sponsor of SJR 11, as a possible substitute. According to a recent post, “no comment or discussion about the alternate language occurred until the conference call the other day, when both Missouri Farmers Care and Smith’s Chief of Staff categorically dismissed the language over their presumption that it wouldn’t protect ‘all’ of agriculture, despite the ability of soy and corn growers to directly market their products if they so desired.” Visit the website of Missouri Farmers Care and you’ll see many logos for big Ag and biotech companies.
Below is the language that was offered as a substitute.
Note: Green text indicates added text, and red [strikethrough] text in brackets indicates deleted text.Section 35. 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 direct trade with consumers
[modern farming and ranching practices] shall be forever guaranteed in this state. No law shall be enacted which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural [technology and modern livestock production and ranching] practices that secure independent family farm’s ability to save seed, preserve livestock bloodlines, or impede their access to market.
Section B. Pursuant to Chapter 116, RSMo, and other applicable constitutional provisions and laws of this state allowing the General Assembly to adopt ballot language for the submission of a joint resolution to the voters of this state, the official ballot title of the amendment proposed in Section A shall be as follows:
“Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure:
- That the right of Missouri citizens to employ [modern] farming and ranching practices and equipment that insure the continuance of diversified small farms shall not be infringed.”
This issue will affect every single person who eats in Missouri, and it is important for both urban and rural Citizens to understand what is happening with the proposed constitutional amendment. Please read: