Maine Voters Approve First-of-its-Kind ‘Right to Food’ Constitutional Amendment

During the state’s November 2 election, more than 60% of Maine voters approved Question 3, the “Right to Produce, Harvest, and Consume Food Amendment.” The state’s new constitutional amendment is the first of its type in the United States and establishes a “natural, inherent, and inalienable right to food” in Maine. While livestock farmers pushed for the ballot initiative, the Maine Potato Board, the Maine Dairy Industry Association, the Maine Veterinary Medical Association, and the Maine Foundation of Humane Societies were among the groups who opposed the initiative due to concerns for unintended food safety and animal welfare consequences of the broadly worded amendment.