Regarding the May 14 editorial “Poor, poor Big Sugar”:
There’s another amendment to the farm bill that should be closely scrutinized and opposed, this one from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). According to the Humane Society of the United States, it could virtually wipe out any state or local law adopted with regard to agriculture. Under the King amendment, if any one state in the nation permits the production or sale of a particular agricultural product, no matter how hazardous the product or unacceptable the production process, every other state could have to do so as well. This amendment could be viewed as a violation of the 10th Amendment and could nullify hundreds of state and local measures covering everything from food safety to child labor to animal welfare.
This is a truly horrible amendment that mirrors one that Mr. King, a friend to Big Ag, unsuccessfully tried to add to the 2014 farm bill. Let’s not give Big Ag any more power than it already has.
Anita Summers, Bowie