Maine’s Developing Fight for Local Food Sovereignty
02 Jul, 2012
by David Gumpert, via Grist.org
New England town meetings typically include dozens and dozens of proposals for citizens to vote up or down, on quickly forgotten matters like new stop lights and bridge repairs.
But this year, things have been different. The residents in eight small Maine towns have all voted to declare “food sovereignty”—and they won’t be forgetting the issue any time soon. In other words, they’ve passed ordinances that explicitly allow local farmers and ranchers to sell their food—meat, eggs, unpasteurized milk, honey, veggies—directly to consumers within town borders, without state or federal licenses, permits, or regulations.