Ep. 24: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree – Maine’s First District ||

On Sourcing Matter episode 24 we welcome Representative Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District.  A lifelong advocate for better food and equal rights – since her first day in office Congresswoman Pingree has been a dogged supporter of the local food movement, of the farm worker, and for improving access to nutrition for more US families.  Having the opportunity to connect with Rep. Pingree a week after returning from a visit to the southern US border where she witnessed firsthand what’s happening in our modern day internment camps – we begin our conversation correlating how these policies are impacting the agricultural work force; and their kids!  In our 1 hour conversation we also chat about SNAP and the 2018 Farm Bill.  We share appreciation for the many bounties of Maine. And, we discuss how nutritious food can be preventative health care for each and every American citizen.

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Throughout the conservation we describe success stories, and equally what can and needs to be improved throughout these programs within the current political climate. Chellie Pingree currently serves on the Congressional Committee of Appropriations, the subcommittee of Agriculture, and that of the Interior & the Environment. As a past Eisenhower Fellow and with a decade of experience in US Congress – her unique experience allows us to seamlessly transition the conversation from rural Maine, to the New England region, to the entire US, and throughout the globe. Despite canvasing the map – the theme of the entire episode is a steadfast commitment to proper utilization and replenishment of regenerative natural resources essential in preserving social, political and environmental stability – anywhere, and everywhere…

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A good portion of our discussion focused on the beautiful State of Maine.  Once, and what could again be the fulcrum of the regional food system of the Northeast, Maine has an agricultural linage dating back to the beginning of the Union, and 3500 miles of coastline boasting access to the bounty of some of the cleanest waters in the world.  Through this, Maine has potential to cast a long shadow as a modern approach in eating well from best regenerative practices and proper management of both marine and terrestrial ecological systems. This is what Chellie Pingree embraces on her farmstead & Inn in Maine,  and in her other House – on The Hill, 600 miles south.
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Whether looking to progress regenerative agriculture, or responsible fisheries & ocean farms, or the connection of food and its impact on the environment, or just teaching constituents of the many values of good food – Maine seems it could be ground zero for a food revolution. If Chellie Pingree and her constituents have anything to say about it – Maine will become the tip of the spear in defining the how the proper production of food from the land & sea can connect human and planetary health as a new cost basis for a circular economy that will inevitably envelope the globe.
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Tune-in, and listen to the insights of this passionate and impactful leader drafting a new plan for our future food.
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@ChelliePingree

@nebolodge

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related links discussed in our conversation:

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Blog: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/
Food Policy Action Scorecard: http://foodpolicyaction.org/scorecard/
Information on Rep Pingree’s food policy work: https://pingree.house.gov/food

 

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photo source: Grist (header) | Civil Eats (headshot)


 

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