Maine residents to vote on whether they have a right to organic food

Written by by Staff Writer Written by Gabriella Griffith, CNN Is there a Constitutional right to food? That’s the question one group of Maine residents are challenging with a referendum initiative that will vote…

Maine residents to vote on whether they have a right to organic food

Written by by Staff Writer

Written by Gabriella Griffith, CNN

Is there a Constitutional right to food? That’s the question one group of Maine residents are challenging with a referendum initiative that will vote on whether or not consumers have the right to receive free-range, organic food.

The ballot initiative will be held on November 6, 2020, the 60th anniversary of the 14th Amendment.

This is particularly important because many states are already on the brink of meeting the state food quality standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act — the requirements, outlined in Maine’s constitution, stipulate that companies must provide the service to all customers without discrimination.

Alex Sands, one of the organizers behind the initiative, has declared the vote is “a referendum on food.”

“One of the main goals is to basically keep consumer rights alive and well in terms of whether we’re going to continue to have free-range products and also to make sure people with disabilities that are visiting our state can get a healthy meal in their own time, in their own town,” Sands said.

The ballot initiative makes the following points:

“Retailers must provide food for purchase to the general public without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, sex, familial status, or sexual orientation or gender identity, or inability to read, write, speak, or comprehend, or to use a particular language or in a particular location.”

Leave a Comment