In Oklahoma on November 8th we will be voting on State Question 777 fondly referred to as the "Right to Farm Bill". I have been doing my research on this question as we have vested stake in all things farming these days. But the reality is that all of us do. It is important to know where your food comes from and how it is produced.
Mind you my father farmed our land and his father and grandfather before him. Farming is in my blood. So as I have approached the analysis on this subject I ask myself what would my father think? Because even if you are not a farmer this bill will effect you in one way or another. It will effect the way your food is produced, the conditions it is produced under and the environmental effects from such.
Here is the actual language of the amendment for your reading pleasure.
"To protect agriculture as a vital sector of Oklahoma’s economy, which provides food, energy, health benefts, and security and is the foundation and stabilizing force of Oklahoma’s economy, the rights of citizens and lawful residents of Oklahoma to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state. The Legislature shall pass no law which abridges the right of citizens and lawful residents of Oklahoma to employ agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices without a compelling state interest. Nothing in this section shall be construed to modify any provision of common law or statutes relating to trespass, eminent domain, dominance of mineral interests, easements, rights of way or any other property rights. Nothing in this section shall be construed to modify or afect any statute or ordinance enacted by the Legislature or any political subdivision prior to December 31, 2014."