Maine’s 2013 Revision of the Organizational Charter of the New DACF

Clear evidence of the growing State-level impact of the ten municipal ordinances on local foods in the 2013 State Legislature revision of the organizational charge for the new Department of ACD.

Maine Revised Statutes

§201
§202

Title 7-A: AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY
Subtitle 1: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY
Chapter 1: DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION
Subchapter 2: ORGANIZATION

§201-A. Local food and rural economic development

It is the policy of this State to encourage food self-sufficiency for its citizens. The department shall support policies that: [2013, c. 405, Pt. A, §8 (NEW).]

  1. Local control.   Through local control preserve the ability of communities to produce, process, sell, purchase and consume locally produced foods;
    [ 2013, c. 405, Pt. A, §8 (NEW) .]
  2. Small-scale farming and food production.   Ensure the preservation of family farms and traditional foodways through small-scale farming and food production;
    [ 2013, c. 405, Pt. A, §8 (NEW) .]
  3. Improved health and well-being.   Improve the health and well-being of citizens of this State by reducing hunger and increasing food security through improved access to wholesome, nutritious foods by supporting family farms and encouraging sustainable farming and fishing;
    [ 2013, c. 405, Pt. A, §8 (NEW) .]
  4. Self-reliance and personal responsibility.   Promote self-reliance and personal responsibility by ensuring the ability of individuals, families and other entities to prepare, process, advertise and sell foods directly to customers intended solely for consumption by the customers or their families; and
    [ 2013, c. 405, Pt. A, §8 (NEW) .]
  5. Rural economic development.   Enhance rural economic development and the environmental and social wealth of rural communities.
    [ 2013, c. 405, Pt. A, §8 (NEW) .]

SECTION HISTORY
2013, c. 405, Pt. A, §8 (NEW).

In addition, in a section preceding the above language addressing   “Definitions” the following language was included:

Sec. A-7. 7-A MRSA §101, sub-§2-A  is enacted to read:

2-A.  Foodways.   “Foodways” means the cultural, social and economic practices related to the production and consumption of food.