MOFB President Issues Statement on HSUS Coalition
Statement of Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst Regarding Missouri’s Food For America Coalition
“A new organization has been formed to oppose Missouri’s Keep Missouri Farming Amendment #1, and it raises some questions. As they said in the press conference today, they purport to represent farmers, but they also work closely with an organization, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), who has a stated goal to decrease the consumption of meat. Most farmers in Missouri are in the meat business, one way or another. We either raise livestock or we raise grain that is fed to livestock. So, we have to really question the motives of the group that was formed today. We have to remember that they are actually the groups that are against choice. The people backing Keep Missouri Farming Amendment #1, which will be on the ballot in November 2014, are the groups working to maintain people’s food choices, whether they want to buy local food, organic food, or whether they’re concerned about their budget and want to buy the most reasonably priced food. Only the Keep Missouri Farming Amendment will guarantee those choices.
Finally, the people at the event today spoke about foreign ownership of farmland. This is a little dishonest because Missouri Farm Bureau is one of the main backers of Amendment #1 and we also worked very hard to maintain Missouri’s prohibition on foreign ownership of farmland. We’ll be working in this year’s legislative session to tighten up the restrictions on foreign ownership of farmland. It’s very easy, very rational and very logical to both be for Amendment #1 and be opposed to foreign ownership of farmland.”