I am almost 19, and a new voter, and I would like to show my support for the Right to Food constitutional amendment that Mainers will be voting on this November in Question 3. I have grown up in communities where we value small farmers and the work they do, and this amendment is just as important as many of the prominent human rights laws in our country’s Constitution; everyone has a right to produce or buy healthy, local and sustainably grown food.
I have read Question 3, and it is clearly worded and makes total sense. It’s a no-brainer, and this amendment would be a good thing for Maine. Passing this amendment will encourage more people to start buying from local growers and producing their own food. I hope that we can agree to vote “yes” to this amendment in Maine, and in doing so, say “no” to commercial and factory meat and dairy farms, which promote and practice animal cruelty every day and feed our population less-than-edible food because it is grown as cheaply as possible, at the expense of the health of our people.
Question 3 protects the freedom for homesteaders, gardeners, foragers and non-commercial farmers to grow and harvest their own food. Though we are losing farmland in Maine, we are blessed to still have some small farms and homesteads, providing food for their communities. The laws need to support them. Politicians need to support them. Who needs corporations? We need food.
The right to food is “natural, inherent and unalienable.” Who can disagree? We all need to eat, and we all need to be able to choose where our sustenance comes from. This movement is as grassroots as it can be, founded and brought to fruition by small farmers who care for and feed their communities. So be a force for good and vote “yes” on Question 3! I certainly will.