Harvest Public Media
Right to farm vs. right to know
It wasn't just voters in California facing a food policy issue at the ballot box this November. In North Dakota, residents approved a so-called "right to farm" constitutional amendment that protects "modern agriculture" methods. Created by the North Dakota Farm Bureau, it is meant to prevent groups like the Humane Society of America from passing state laws that seek to change current livestock raising practices. Following defeat of California's Prop 27 -- the so-called "right to know" measure that would have forced food companies to label genetically-modified food -- we want to know what you think of food policies via popular vote. Should farmers be given constitutional protections to allow them to do they work as they see fit? Or is the protection of animals or consumer education on crops more important? How will food policy play out over the next decade?