Comment: MO's‘right to farm’ amendment could be used as a right to harm

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MO's‘right to farm’ amendment could be used as a right to harm

Campaign spending on the Missouri ballot measure misleadingly called the “right to farm” amendment is approaching $1.2 million, and supporters account for two-thirds of that — $800,000.

Obviously, more is at stake here than may be apparent to Missourians who will go to the polls on Tuesday. Amendment 1 on the ballot will ask them to guarantee that “the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed.”

That sounds benign. Same for the message of the Missouri Farm Bureau, which says the measure is needed to create “regulatory certainty” to protect the practices that farmers and ranchers currently use.

http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article828831.html