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Sedgwick, Maine is first town to declare total food sovereignty, opposing state and federal laws

(NaturalNews) There is a food revolution taking hold all over America, whether it is in the form of demanding labeling of GM foods, the right to produce and sell raw milk and other commodities, or - in the case of Sedgwick, Maine - declaring all local food transactions of any kind free and legal.

According to the website FoodRenegade.com, Sedgwick is the first city in the U.S. to free itself from the constraints of federal and state food regulation. Published reports say the town has passed an ordinance that gives its citizens the right "to produce, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing," regulations be damned. The ordinance includes raw milk, meats that are slaughtered locally, all produce and just about anything else you might imagine.

And what's more, three additional towns in Maine are expected to take up similar ordinances soon.

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Give a right?

Forgive me, but: "the town has passed an ordinance that gives its citizens the right..." Is it just me, or do others see that there is something fundamentally flawed here?

Protects, not grants

Protects, not grants.

I wonder what they'd say

I wonder what they'd say about people growing cannabis for juicing purposes?

Or....

moonshine.

Yeah, for juicing purposes, that's what I meant. lol

Bump

Bump

Is the Usda a wholly owned subsidiary of Monsanto

http://www.cornucopia.org/is-the-usda-a-wholly-owned-subsidi...
Under sustainable agriculture what goes on is that eventually there is a food charter. There are dieticians who decide what you can and can not eat and the raising of animals is banned. Also all the growin of food is centralized in a centralized location locally. There is nothing wrong with local food. But there is everything wrong with the location where the food is grown being in a centralized location. Also for the Mexicans they have to import the Mexican food as part of sustainable agriculture. source: the relgion of globalization aka sustainable development and sustainable agriculture: http://vimeo.com/7602634

jhon

hmmm

Isn't forcing people to label GM foods the definition of regulation?

strange

i thought i was pointing out something obvious, and someone voted my comment down. maybe that person can explain how forcing the labeling of GM foods is not a form of regulation. anyone?

The definition is

murky. Is it food? Is it safe? Is it fraud to sell it as food? Is it the libertarian position that all regulations are by definition bad? Should banks be regulated? I think repealing Glass-Steagal was a disaster. That was a regulation. Is the organic label being diluted because Big Ag owns the regulators? Would that happen to a GMO label?

all regulations imposed by

all regulations imposed by the initiation of force are indeed bad.

after the Usda took over the organic standard according to

small farmers I talked to food could be sprayed with pesticides, be irradiated, and gmo and still be organic and usda certified organic and all other forms of certified organic. Before the government aka the usda took over the organic standard and it was done by private sector if food was sprayed with pesticides, irradiated or gmo it could not be organic. So regulation does not work and we do not need regulation. we need to pass an amendment to the constitution that allows regulations and abolish the usda and return organic to the private sector. Also all regulations are hidden taxes. Small businesses are hit with hidden taxes every time a regulation is passed.

jhon

So, go back and fire up the original organic list

and label it
"Independently Certified 100% Organic Life-Cycle Food"

Do a little viral marketing so people know to look for this label and simply ignore all other organic labels.

Old News

This happened years ago, several towns have since followed suit. There's a lot of cool stuff going on here, particularly in the arena of local foods, with an organization by the name of MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) at the forefront. Any of you in the New England area I would highly recommend a visit to the Common Ground Country Fair in September for a glimpse of what we do. Maine is the place to be, there are good people up here doing good work. I suspect you'll begin hearing more and more news like this coming in as the local food movement really finds it's stride up here.

MOFGA

I have a fear about local food organizations. That fear is that they control food production and selling, that they are local food police. If having a food police on the federal level is bad, just think about the food police being in your backyard, you know, your local government.

I don't know enough about MOFGA, but it's got to be a private organization separate government so that its effects, which given enough time will be experienced in full, aren't the cornering/controlling of food producers and sellers outside MOFGA.

Looks to me MOFGA isn't local food police, but to be sure, is MOFGA the local food police, an entity regulating food production and sales by people who don't belong to MOFGA?

Food production and sales concerns me because to me it's a no-brainer that this aspect of our lives would change fast for the good if governments did one thing: NOT attack -- just don't attack who grows and sells food. The only role I see for a local government is to repel the other governments, the state and federal ones, from being involved, from interfering, in this matter.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton F. Dutton

As Main goes, so goes the nation!

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look for an explosion in

look for an explosion in commerce

Let's see how the USDA et al respond to this trend

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God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. – Daniel Webster

Let's see how other American cities respond

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
Samuel Adams

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

This is great news.

What insanity it has been to have swat teams invade organic farms!

Thanks for a bump

The folks responsible for SWAT teams invading farms should be facing criminal felony charges.

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Agreed...

So should the members of the SWAT teams.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

And

any support staff.