To the Editor: BG woman lists concerns if Issue 2 would be defeated PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Megan Arnold   
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 08:40
I encourage all voters to support Issue 2 with a yes vote on Nov. 3. Issue 2 creates the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. This board brings together farmers, experts in livestock production, and Ohio consumers. Together they will make policies to ensure expert animal care in Ohio.
The possible repercussions of not passing Issue 2 are severe. Several activist groups are attempting to introduce an initiative that would set rigid and impractical standards for livestock care. These groups have chosen Ohio as a target state.
This initiative would lead to higher food costs for consumers, food safety risks, and an increase in the amount of food imported to Ohio.
Most importantly, this initiative would cause thousands of farmers to go out of business, dramatically affecting our state's economy. Issue 2 can prevent these unimaginable consequences.
The passing of Issue 2 will also positively affect the youth of Ohio, and especially those of Wood County. We have one of the best junior fair programs in the state because of youth and adults who support the care and production of local livestock. Through these 4-H and FFA projects, our youth learn accountability, time management, and financial responsibility.
These essential lessons are beneficial far into the future, making our youth responsible and contributing members of society.
An initiative that sets rigid standards for care would be detrimental to these junior fair members, making it nearly impossible to afford or sustain care for their livestock. Issue 2 will make sure our youth can continue learning these invaluable lessons.
Agriculture is the foundation of this great state. Passing Issue 2 will sustain the viability of Ohio's agriculture community, making certain that Ohio continues to represent a major contribution to the nationwide economy.
Please protect Ohio's farmers, youth, and consumers by voting yes for Issue 2.
Megan Arnold
Bowling Green

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