Maine Votes in Favor of ‘Right to Food’ Amendment

Voters in Maine approved an amendment to the state’s constitution specifying that all people have a “natural, inherent and unalienable right” to grow, raise, produce, and consume food of their own choosing as long as they do so within legal parameters, reports The Washington Post. Maine has paced the nation with food sovereignty legislation, and the current measure is aimed at giving communities more control over local food supplies. Supporters of the amendment say it will reduce hunger and protect the food system from corporate control. Opponents say the vague wording of the amendment could lead to problems with animal welfare and food safety.