[permaculture] Fw: More Good News- Third Town In Maine Passes Food Freedom Law
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Thu Apr 21 12:44:02 EDT 2011
I *really* want to see this trend go viral. EVERYONE would benefit by
introducing this legislation to your localities, including local family farms.
That means much better food security for you and your family.
Please request your local legislators to take up this torch as well.
Sent: Thu, April 21, 2011 9:31:31 AM
Subject: Third Town In Maine Passes Food Freedom Law
Blue Hill becomes third town in Maine to pass food freedom law
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Within the past several months, numerous towns in Maine, and one
in Vermont, have proposed or enacted food sovereignty laws that declare,
plainly, that the federal government has no business telling citizens what food
products they can and cannot buy or sell locally. Representing the third town to
successfully pass such an ordinance, Blue Hill, Maine, recently adopted a local
food and self-governance bill that asserts the freedom of local citizens to
choose their own food.
In a near-unanimous vote, Blue Hill residents successfully voted to pass the
food freedom ordinance on April 2. Besides declaring sovereignty from government
intrusion on local food policy, the bill exempts all direct sales of food from
having to comply with state and federal license and inspection requirement. In
other words, local residents who grow and sell produce, for instance, will not
be subjected to the tedious and expensive bureaucratic red tape that rightfully
applies to factory farm operations.
"[It] is a huge milestone in the struggle to protect the rights, not only of
farmers to sell their products, but also of all citizens to eat the food of
their choice," John Gandy, a local resident of Blue Hill and Master for the
Halcyon Grange, is quoted as saying in the Activist Post. "It is time citizens
start defending our rights against big government and big business."
In early March, two other towns in Maine, Sedgwick and Penobscot, both passed
their own food sovereignty laws. And the town of Barre, Vt., will vote on its
own food freedom resolution sometime in May
Based on the Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution, the federal government has
absolutely no authority to interfere with state and local food affairs. The
Amendment specifically prohibits the federal government from exerting any power
not specifically granted to it by the Constitution, and a group called the Tenth
Amendment Center is working hard to help states break free from the chains of
unlawful federal intrusion (http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/).
You can also keep track of the status of food freedom legislation at the
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