Missouri Amendment One; It wasn’t about saving the Family Farm

Missouri Amendment One; It wasn’t about saving the Family Farm

For Immediate Release

September 13, 2014 For more information, contact: Richard Oswald (660)-787-0222

Missouri Farmers Union issues the following statement;

"Earlier this year when the Missouri legislature passed a bill placing the ‘right to farm’ Missouri

Constitutional Amendment One on the ballot, it was considered a shoo-in."

"Who could argue that agriculture wasn’t important?"

"Missouri Farmers Union suggested voters should read the vaguely worded two sentence

amendment, and also read between the lines and see the intent; Amendment One’s fuzzy wording

was an open invitation to multinational corporate agriculture. The Constitution trumps all law.

Missouri statues offering family farm protection from corporate powers were at stake."

"That proved to be a powerful argument for voting "no" on Amendment One."

"In the end, after a recount, Amendment One has passed by even less than the tiny early post

election margin of .3% of all votes cast. Another week of truth-telling before the vote would likely

have led to Amendment One’s defeat."

"Now that the smoke has cleared from one of the most onerous of ballot initiatives in our state,

investigative reporting from PBS (Public Broadcast Service) has revealed that the buyout of

Smithfield Foods, including its assets in Missouri, was backed by the government of the Peoples

Republic of China."

"Clearly Missouri Farmers Union and all the others who worked to defeat Amendment One saw the

issue for what it was, an orchestrated effort on the part of large corporations in partnership with a

few elected leaders to defeat Missouri’s statutory protection for family farms."

Missouri Farmers Union President Richard Oswald made the following statement "In accordance

with our written policy, Missouri Farmers Union remains committed to furthering and protecting

family farm agriculture in the state of Missouri. Now more than ever it is clear that the stabilizing

influence of both urban and rural families working the land to produce food for America is not only a

moral objective, but a patriotic one as well."