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Agriculture-LWV 2013-14 study

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.

All League members are encouraged to become informed on this topic.

Updated position May 2014

LWVUS announced the new League position on federal agriculture policy in May 2014. It is the result of the consensus meetings of 243 local and state Leagues. Thank you to the two local Leagues in NH that did a wonderful job tackling this challenging study. Download the pdf of the new position

NH Events related to this study

League workshop: Food for Thought--Challenges and Opportunities Facing Farmers and Consumers in NH. Nov. 18, 2013, at Horseshoe Pond in Concord. NH Dept of Agriculture Commissioner Lorraine Merrell was the keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion on agriculture issues as they affect NH farmers and GMOs (genetically engineered foods): what they are and information about HB 660, the bill proposing required labeling in NH. Download the pdf Information presented by Rep. Maureen Mann, sponsor of HB 660, is available as a pdf (see GMO section below).

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.

GMO labeling in NH

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) on Jan. 22, 2014.

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>

other food/agriculture/environment issues

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.