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“All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and of pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness"
-Maine State Constitution, Article I Declaration of Rights, Sect. 1. Natural Rights

On November 2nd, 2021, Maine became the first state to enshrine the right to food in its state constitution.  The right to food fosters communities regaining control of their food production, conservation, and distribution to become more sufficient, active participants in improving equitable use of land, natural resources, and food within states. For decades, Maine has led the way in community-led farming initiatives, resulting in an increase in the state’s number of farms, farm production and size, and farmers’ markets. Legislative changes have paved the way for a constitutional amendment since Home Rule was enshrined in Maine’s Constitution in 1969 -- an amendment which provides a new, forward-thinking framework for the realization of the right to food. 

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of
Maine To Establish a Right to Food


Human Rights Clinic Supports Maine's First-in-the-Nation Right to Food Constitutional Amendment

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