The election on November 2nd is almost here, and your voice matters. Question 1 may have received most of the attention, but here at the Maine Farm Bureau we think that Question 3 is even more important for Maine farmers and every Mainer who eats food! The so-called “Right to Food” amendment sounds appetizing, but its vague language provides fertile ground for unintended consequences to hurt our farms, restaurants, and the many other small businesses that depend on us for safe and healthy food.
When it comes to Question 3, the MFB is not just hoeing its own row; lots of other organizations are just as concerned about the unintended consequences of this bad measure. Our friends at Maine Potato Board testified against the amendment, and the Maine Municipal Association and Maine Dairy Industry Association have also stated their opposition. The Maine Veterinary Medical Association, the folks keeping our livestock healthy, are opposed, as are the big animal welfare organizations in the state, like the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals and the Maine Federation of Humane Societies. With all of these different organizations with very different perspectives saying “No to 3,” you know there’s a real problem!