Monday, March 4, 2013

Missouri HJR 7 & 11

From the Heartland, Margot McMillen writes: When I talk to my friends that study social movements, we agree that it takes about 3 generations to make positive change. The first generation identifies the social stupidity (like keeping certain groups from voting, or like allowing pollution to kill entire species, or keeping certain groups from enjoying privileges) and then it takes a generation to ignore what the first generation is saying and then it takes a generation to fix the problem. So we eventually get universal suffrage or DDT bans or gay marriage. The problem is that some stupidity can’t be fixed in any easy way after it takes hold. That’s the problem with factory farms and biotech seed. Centuries of knowledge, wiped out in a generation. Reclaiming it is hard. And especially, in today’s consumer society, if it’s masked in the cloaks of convenience and technology. Today we’re fighting truly horrible Missouri resolutions that would erase decades of progress. HJR 7 & 11 has passed the House of Representatives and is on its way to the Senate. If it passes, it would strip local control from Missouri counties and elected officials so that they could not keep corporate agriculture out of their counties. Nobody could create biotech-free zones or keep CAFOs at a distance. It would make a constitutional amendment that would keep DNR from enforcing pollution controls. HJR 7&11 states: “No state law shall be enacted which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology and modern livestock production and ranching practices, unless enacted by the General Assembly.” That’s enough for today. March 4, 2013.


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  2. HJR 11 opens the flood gates even further to corporate CAFOs that are destroying the small to moderate size family farms, polluting the land, air and water, destroying local economies and increasing unemployment. The agricultural interests in the Missouri legislature are owned by Monsanto and The Farm Bureau. Farm bureaus own large blocks of shares in the large factory farming corporations. This constitutional amendment will remove ALL controls and what little protection we have from CAFOs. CAFOs destroy property values for miles around where they are located because of the pollution. CAFOs do not employ local people as the working conditions are unsafe. Most employees are migrant or immigrant workers. Sadly, many do not realize what has happened till a CAFO moves into their area.