Recently, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud released a food and agricultural policy plan as a central part of his campaign. The plan includes steps to address food insecurity and ways to bolster Maine’s food economy by supporting all types and scales of food producers, while protecting the state’s soil, water and air quality.

As a chef, advocate and a father, I think about the quality of my food and the impact it has on the environment every day. This plan and approach has real potential to accelerate the good work already happening on the ground, on farms, in kitchens and everywhere in between.

The idea that we can build a future where everyone has access to healthy, sustainably produced food is crucially important. It will take strong political leadership and broad participation to get there, and Michaud’s plan is a bold step forward in that direction.

Tom Colicchio

Food Policy Action board member, food activist and chef

New York