With the future of food policy looking murky, we turn to experts in the field to help us understand the realities of the bureaucracy surrounding food security, farming rights, and pesticide regulation. We speak to scientists whose research influences the policy we see on the congressional floor. We hear from nonprofits working to navigate the endless maze of food assistance programs and advocate for those on the receiving end. And, we break down the legislation influencing the future of food sovereignty in the US. There are rarely clear answers or defined conclusions when it comes to the policy surrounding one of humans’ most basic needs. But, as we head into the new year, we hope these stories serve as a reminder that there are people working towards a more equitable and sustainable food future for all.
To learn more about the current state of debt relief for Black farmers, read this article from Civil Eats
To read up on the latest updates about soil carbon storage, check out this article from The Counter
To read the full language of the amendment and public commentary you can take a look at the Maine election guide from November 2021 as well as the Ballot Pedia page
For more Maine farming statistics, check out the 2020 state agricultural report.
To learn more about the corporations who own the majority of the worlds’ seed patents, you can read this Deutsche Welle article
For stats on hunger in the U.S., go to Feeding America’s website
To learn how you can get involved and take action on policy regarding school meals, check out FoodCorps’ Action Center.
To learn more about some of the nutrition provisions in the Build Back Better Act, check out this report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
To learn more about the Natural Resources Defense Council, go to their website here.
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