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Patriotic lipstick on a corporate pig
by Ken Midkiff
COLUMBIA, Mo 8/1/14 (Op-Ed) -- Farming is already one of the least regulated of all US industries. It is exempt from major portions of the Federal Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. EPA Superfund laws regulating hazardous waste cleanup don't even touch it. And in Missouri, farmland is the least taxed of all property.
Nonetheless, the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is promoting a Missouri state Constitutional amendment that sounds fine – the so-called "Right to Farm". But instead of protecting family farmers, Amendment 1 could reduce or even negate what few farming regulations exist , in a big win for corporate ag giants such as Cargill, ConAgra, and Monsanto.
Those same ag giants are among Right to Farm's giant financia...
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