LWVUS recently (2013-14) conducted a study to update its agriculture position.
"The Agriculture Update focused narrowly on:
1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and
2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process."
Consensus meetings of local/state study committees were held in March and April 2014 and results submitted to the LWVUS study. LWVUS issued a revised position statement (May 2014) based on the results of nationwide consensus meetings. See below.
On this site, we will post additional articles and links to current events or NH-specific aspects of agriculture and food safety.
All League members are encouraged to become informed on this topic.
Quad States conference (April 27-28, 2013) had as its guest speaker Prof. John E. Carroll of UNH. He is the author of several books about NH and New England agriculture. Attendees were excited to begin the study!
LWVNH convention (June 1, 2013 in Hopkinton Library) had as guest speakers the chair and ranking minority member of the NH House Agriculture Committee, Rep Tara Sad (D) and Rep Bob Haefner (R). Notes from their talk are above, under articles.
Jan. 22, 2014 New Hampshire house bill HB660, requiring labeling of products containing genetically engineered materials, was completely amended fall 2013. Here is the amended wording The bill as amended was voted by the House as "inexpedient to legislate" (defeated).
The link below will take you to a site dealing with GMO labeling. The group supports labeling of GMO products. If you click on the word `map' along the top menu you can then click on individual states to see what is happening regarding labeling legislation. <http://righttoknow-gmo.org/mission>
This website is of interest for its argument that a plant-based food system is healthier for humans and the environment. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine This does not relate to our limited area of study at this time, but may be of interest to individuals.
Microbeads, 2015 Controversy is growing re the use of microbeads (for abrasive purposes) in cosmetics and toothpaste. As of Sept. 2015, 6 states have passed laws banning the use of microbeads in products sold in their states. The microbeads enter the water and eventually the food chain. Learn more from this blog article.