"Right to Farm" Passes in Missouri
August 8, 2014

Missouri voters approved a controversial "Right to Farm" provision on Tuesday. The measure passed by a narrow margin of 2,528 votes out of almost 995,000 cast.

The amendment proposed to make farming an official constitutional right, similar to existing protections for the freedoms of speech and religion.

North Dakota is the only other state with farming as a constitutional right.

The Missouri proposal prompted an intense campaign that generally split urban and rural areas. Supporters said it could help ward off future initiatives limiting genetically modified crops or restricting the way animals are raised. Opponents contended the measure could be cited by corporate farms to try to escape regulations.