Senate Joint Resolution 11 - IntroducedA Bill ForA Joint Resolution 1proposing an amendment to the Constitution
2of the State of Iowa recognizing a right of persons to food
3and a fundamental right to be free from hunger.
1   Section 1.  The following amendment to the Constitution of
2the State of Iowa is proposed:
   3Article I of the Constitution of the State of Iowa is amended
4by adding the following new section:
   5Sec.24A.  Food security.  All people have a natural,
6inherent, and unalienable right to food, including the right
7to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve, and consume
8the food of their own choosing by hunting, gathering, foraging,
9farming, fishing, gardening, and saving and exchanging seeds
10or by barter, trade, or purchase from sources of their own
11choosing, for their nourishment, sustenance, bodily health, and
12well-being, as long as an individual does not commit trespass,
13theft, poaching, or other abuses of private property rights,
14public lands, or natural resources in the acquisition of food.
   15All people have a fundamental right to be free from hunger,
16malnutrition, starvation, and the endangerment of life from the
17scarcity of or lack of access to nourishing food.
18   Sec. 2.REFERRAL AND PUBLICATION.   The foregoing proposed
19amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa is referred
20to the general assembly to be chosen at the next general
21election for members of the general assembly, and shall be
22published as provided by law for three months previous to the
23date of that election.
25The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
26the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   27This joint resolution proposes to amend the Constitution
28of the State of Iowa by recognizing that all people have a
29natural, inherent, and unalienable right to food and that all
30people have a fundamental right to be free from hunger and a
31lack of access to nourishing food. The resolution, if adopted,
32would be published and then referred to the next general
33assembly (91st) for adoption, before being submitted to the
34electorate for ratification.