Despite Maine’s proud agricultural and fishing tradition that carries on to this day, our state imports more of its food than any other state in the continental United States, meaning we rely heavily on our nation’s industrial agricultural system. For many of the same reasons this system is unsustainable, it also is vulnerable, especially to climate change.

In addition, one-third of Maine’s best farmland will change hands in the next 10 years, and land affordability is an issue with young farmers, so the viability of small family farms also is a critical conservation issue.

Enormous potential for growth

The good news is that Maine has the potential to feed much more of our state and even be the breadbasket for New England. 

And we're on the right track. From 2002 to 2012, bucking the national trend, the number of farms in Maine increased by 13.5 percent, with much of the growth in small farms that sell directly to consumers such as through farmers markets.

Yet, that market is nearing saturation. 

For farming to continue to grow in Maine, we need to help largely small farms scale up and reach bigger markets—where most people get most of their food.

Together, we can grow the local foods movement

This year, we're working to pass a bill in Augusta to lay the groundwork for Maine farmers, fishermen, and entrepreneurs to access the resources they need to reach bigger markets. We also worked to convince the University of Maine to obtain a portion of the food it provides students from local farms and fishermen. Currently 21% of thier food and beverage purchases are from local sources. 

Sustainable food updates

News Release | Environment Maine

Environment Maine supports ban on neonicotinoids

Maine's bees are dying at alarming rate, and there are real consequences for the resilience and richness of our natural world, as well as our food supply, if we don’t act now.

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Report | Environment Maine

Environment Maine Legislative Agenda for 2021

Here is Environment Maine's Legislative Agenda for the 2021 session.

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Blog Post

Here are 25 climate actions you can take this Earth Week - and every week. | Anya Fetcher

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Environment Maine is challenging you to #ActOnClimate all week for Earth Week! 

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News Release | Environment Maine

Grohoski’s bill to support Maine’s bee population by reducing pesticides advances

A bill which would restrict homeowner use of bee-killing pesticides in Maine earned approval from the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee on Thursday.

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

102 groups urge EPA to rein in meat and poultry processing plant pollution

Environment America Research & Policy Center is submitting comments on behalf of 102 organizations today, urging the Environmental Protection Agency to dramatically reduce the massive levels of pollution dumped by agribusiness facilities into America’s waterways. The comments are in response to the agency’s decision not to update permit standards for meat and poultry plants -- despite the Clean Water Act’s requirement to do so.

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