Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Protecting data protects food supply

Missouri’s Sunshine Law requires public records of government entities to be released to the public. If terrorists have this information at their fingertips, harming our way of life is that much easier. If they were to introduce a disease into livestock or crops, that segment of the industry could be completely destroyed. It would also incite fear of food safety and fester more distrust in the government. To protect farmers and ranchers so they can continue to produce food without the threat of an attack, the Missouri General Assembly is considering a measure that would safeguard certain private information. House Bill 1414 will exempt voluntary participation in government programs as well as individuals required to participate in the federal Animal Disease Traceability Program from being classified as public records under Missouri’s Sunshine Law. However, if the information is part of research, the results can be collectively released. The measure also addresses any concerns of a potential health problem or disease by allowing for public notification...more

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