Voters make North Dakota first state in nation to protect right to farm in constitution

  • Article by: BLAKE NICHOLSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 8, 2012 - 1:07 PM
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budgrant00Nov. 8, 12 1:16 PM

Minnesota could learn an awful lot from our reasonable and prosperous neighbors to the west.

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dogparkdooNov. 8, 12 1:26 PM

The wastelands of North Dakota will look much different after another generation of oil drilling, fracking and genetic agriculture.

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ubetcha101Nov. 8, 12 1:35 PM

This is what happens when the left push there agenda in a very conservative state. BackFire! In ND they don't need the legislature to put amendments on the ballet. They can petition unlike this euphorian state. Where the legislative is the gate keeper.

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charles3Nov. 8, 12 1:41 PM

I'm soooo proud of my home state. Right decision. It's all about agriculture, not the HSUS or the ASPCA.

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SammyBoyNov. 8, 12 2:22 PM

Farmers do realize they have a market for their products only because consumers let them, right? If consumers demand that farmers use larger pens, chemical-free feed, humane practices, etc, farmers will have to do it. Period. No amount of bellyaching by the farmers will change the market. And since this amendment only is enforceable within the borders of the state, other states across the nation can easily force farmers in North Dakota to enact practices they are trying to prevent. Bravo on your empty gesture, North Dakota.

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imperatorgNov. 8, 12 2:38 PM

This is a badly, badly written amendment. It is so vague as to be meaningless and will surely fall apart under any competent challenge. Some of the theory behind it is not totally unreasonable but the backers should have taken the time to write a reasonable, precise and coherent amendment. Haste, as they say, makes waste.

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crock2Nov. 8, 12 2:40 PM

"We don't need outsiders coming here and telling us how to do things." Somebody needs to remind the people of North Dakota that they are a state, not their own country. They can't prevent people from coming in to their state, and they also can't dodge federal laws either (much as they'd like to)....

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budgrant00Nov. 8, 12 2:56 PM

Crock...I should remind you that N Dakota is the Saudi Arabia of the US and the third biggest nuke power in the world. They can manage their own agriculture practices. lol

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kkjerNov. 8, 12 2:56 PM

I think that some people are over reacting. It doesn't give them the right to be cruel or inhumane to animals. It certainly doesn't give them the right to use harmful chemicals. It gives them the right to farm. It just like the US Constitution which gives you certain rights, until you violate the law.

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dinojimNov. 8, 12 3:26 PM

As it was mentioned in the article. It is push back from liberal nannies that have been bugging them on everything they do. If the Humane Society and other groups would leave people alone and look at legitimate problems they wouldn't have to do things like this. But, these groups don't. They just pick and pick and pick at everything little thing. We'll the people of ND finally said enough is enough.

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