PENOBSCOT, Maine (AP) — Supporters of an unsuccessful attempt to amend Maine's constitution to ensure a "right to food" say the defeat is only a bump in the road for advocates of food freedom around the country.
A bill proposed by organic farmer and Democratic state Rep. Craig Hickman would have declared the right to food as "inalienable."
Backers saw it as a way to prevent government from intruding in local farm production and sales. The Maine Senate shot down the proposal.
Maine's attempt at a food freedom bill is an outgrowth of national campaigning by groups such as the Organic Consumers Association. Seventeen Maine towns and other around the U.S. have signed on to a local "food sovereignty" ordinance.