Maine Superior Court Justice Rules Against Blue Hill Self-Governance Ordinance & Raw Milk FarmerSubmitted by InPursuitOfLiberty on Sat, 05/11/2013 - 09:11
“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” -Thomas Jefferson
Hancock Superior Court Justice Ann Murray and the Maine Department of Agriculture executed a serious blow to a Maine raw milk farmer, Dan Brown, and the Blue Hill Local Community and Self-governance Ordinance.
The superior court ruling convicted Maine farmer Dan Brown of:
Selling food without a license
Selling food without a distributors licence
Selling unpasteurized milk without proper labeling
This ruling effectively vetoed the Blue Hill Town Ordinance, a declaration of food sovereignty which has also been passed by 7 other local Maine towns. The self-governance ordinance begins:
“We the People of the Town of Blue Hill, Hancock County, Maine have the right to produce, process, sell, purchase and consume local foods thus promoting self-reliance, the preservation of family farms, and local food traditions”
This food freedom ordinance is one that issues that respective towns in Maine and their farmers have the Right to be exempt from licensing and inspections as long as they are selling directly to consumers for home consumption.
The impression I get is that these towns and their people, which have passed the ordinance, are effectively declaring the Right to choose what goes in their bodies, and what doesn’t. These people are declaring that their health is their health, and that the right to dictate what food and substances someone puts in their body was not one expressly given to the Federal Government under the Constitution.
But why allow the public to choose a product based on its efficiency for them? It’s much easier to pass laws based on safety or something similar and illegalize the products deemed harmful by the Government.