[permaculture] Fw: More Good News- Third Town In Maine Passes Food Freedom Law

Linda Ray lindaray at att.net
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.
Stay well,
Linda :-)
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 
following links:

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