Maine voters chose to enshrine a right to food in their Constitution last Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. state to add such an amendment. The measure may not change much, if anything, about the state’s laws surrounding the production of food. Or it could entirely reshape them.
Consumers in 10 countries, including the United States, France, Germany, the UK, New Zealand and Singapore, don’t see it as a priority to make major changes to agriculture or their diets to address climate change, according to a new survey.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. has made it clear at the climate summit in Glasgow that the United States has re-engaged in the global climate change discussion but also has emphasized that “agriculture is not part of the problem. It's part of the solution.”
Multiple breakdowns in how goods are transported across the country and around the globe are worsening crises in a food and agriculture sector that is already bleeding profits and customers, according to witnesses at a House hearing Wednesday.
A provision of congressional Democrats' Build Back Better Act that would pay producers $25 per acre to plant cover crops is getting serious attention from sectors in the agriculture industry with ambitious climate goals, though others are unsure of how effective the measure will be in comparison to existing programs.