March Unit Meetings:
March 17 - 21
Agriculture Study Update
Nancy Murray, Study Chair
Studies leading to consensus and advocacy are an essential component of League’s foundation. The national committee, chaired by Portland’s own Norman Turrill, has prepared extensive background and overview articles to help us discuss more knowledgeably the consensus questions included in this Clackson. The scope focuses on: 1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, 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.
For ambitious readers, the complete set of study articles can be found on the LWVUS website at http://www.lwv.org/member-resources/agriculture-update?utm_source=LeadersUpdate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LU20110123.
Happily, our local committee has edited the material for length. If you didn’t pick up your hardcopy at the February General Meeting, you should receive it by mail.
The Farm Bill has finally passed Congress with many improvements and probably as many controversial items. Take time to read about it, as this law will be with us for five years.
Please come to units to engage this important topic of interest to all who eat! We hope to see you there.
Please make sure to bring your copy of the study material and consensus questions to the unit meeting.