Maine Town Declares Food Sovereignty

Sedgwick, Maine

Sedgwick, Maine

Do we really need the government to regulate our food? Sedgwick, Maine doesn’t think so and has become the first town to take action towards producing and selling their own foods. Sustainable Cities Collective reports:

The town of Sedgwick, Maine, population 1,012 (according to the 2000 census), has become the first town in the United States to pass a Food Sovereignty ordinance.  In doing so, the town declared their right to produce and sell local foods of their choosing, without the oversight of State or federal regulation.

What does this mean?  In the debate over raw milk, for example, the law opens the gate for consumer and producer to enter a purchasing agreement without interference from state or federal health regulators.  According to the Mayo Clinic, a 1987 FDA regulation required that all milk be pasteurized to kill pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli.  The Sedgwick ordinance declares that:

Producers or processors of local foods in the Town of Sedgwick are exempt from licensure and inspection provided that the transaction is only between the producer or processor and a patron when the food is sold for home consumption. This includes any producer or processor who sells his or her products at farmers’ markets or roadside stands; sells his or her products through farm-based sales directly to a patron; or delivers his or her products directly to patrons.

[Continues at Sustainable Cities Collective]

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  • chubby

    “The flaw with words is that they always make us feel enlightened, but when we turn around to face the world they always fail us and we end up facing the world as we always have, without enlightenment. For this reason, a warrior seeks to act rather than to talk, and to this effect, he gets a new description of the world – a new description where talking is not that important, and where new acts have new reflections.”

    • Voidthought

      “My benefactor said that when a man embarks on the paths of sorcery he becomes aware, in a gradual manner, that ordinary life has been forever left behind; that knowledge is indeed a frightening affair; that the means of the ordinary world are no longer a buffer for him; and that he must adopt a new way of life if he is going to survive. The first thing he ought to do, at that point, is to want to become a warrior, a very important step and decision. The frightening nature of knowledge leaves one no alternative but to become a warrior.” – don Juan, A Separate Reality

      • chubby

        “To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other.”

        • DeepCough

          “The millions are awake enough for physical labour; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake. How could I have looked him in the face?” ~Henry David Thoreau

          • chubby

            “As I walked past the row of tiny houses sunk deep in the earth I saw what man is seldom given to see–the reality of his vision. To me it was the most beautiful street in the world. Just one block long, dimly lit, shunned by respectable citizens, ignored by the whole United States–a tiny community of foreign souls living apart from the great world, pursuing their own humble ways and asking nothing more of their neighbors than tolerance. As I passed slowly from door to door I saw that they were breaking bread. On each table there was a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, some cheese and olives and a bowl of fruit. In each house it was the same: the shades were up, the lamp was lit, the table spread for a humble repast. And always the occupants were gathered in a circle, smiling good-naturedly as they conversed with one another, their bodies relaxed, their spirit open and expansive. Truly, I thought to myself, this is the only life I have ever desired. For the briefest intervals only have I known it and then it had been rudely shattered. And the cause? Myself undoubtedly, my inability to realize the true nature of Paradise. As a boy, knowing nothing of the great life outside, this ambiance of the little world, the holy, cellular life of the microcosm, must have penetrated deep.” -Henry Miller

          • De Carabas

            “An appeal to authority is an argument made ignorance ignorance.” – Leonardo de Vinci

  • chubby

    “The flaw with words is that they always make us feel enlightened, but when we turn around to face the world they always fail us and we end up facing the world as we always have, without enlightenment. For this reason, a warrior seeks to act rather than to talk, and to this effect, he gets a new description of the world – a new description where talking is not that important, and where new acts have new reflections.”

  • Voidthought

    “My benefactor said that when a man embarks on the paths of sorcery he becomes aware, in a gradual manner, that ordinary life has been forever left behind; that knowledge is indeed a frightening affair; that the means of the ordinary world are no longer a buffer for him; and that he must adopt a new way of life if he is going to survive. The first thing he ought to do, at that point, is to want to become a warrior, a very important step and decision. The frightening nature of knowledge leaves one no alternative but to become a warrior.” – don Juan, A Separate Reality

  • chubby

    “To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other.”

  • DeepCough

    “The millions are awake enough for physical labour; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake. How could I have looked him in the face?” ~Henry David Thoreau

  • chubby

    “As I walked past the row of tiny houses sunk deep in the earth I saw what man is seldom given to see–the reality of his vision. To me it was the most beautiful street in the world. Just one block long, dimly lit, shunned by respectable citizens, ignored by the whole United States–a tiny community of foreign souls living apart from the great world, pursuing their own humble ways and asking nothing more of their neighbors than tolerance. As I passed slowly from door to door I saw that they were breaking bread. On each table there was a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, some cheese and olives and a bowl of fruit. In each house it was the same: the shades were up, the lamp was lit, the table spread for a humble repast. And always the occupants were gathered in a circle, smiling good-naturedly as they conversed with one another, their bodies relaxed, their spirit open and expansive. Truly, I thought to myself, this is the only life I have ever desired. For the briefest intervals only have I known it and then it had been rudely shattered. And the cause? Myself undoubtedly, my inability to realize the true nature of Paradise. As a boy, knowing nothing of the great life outside, this ambiance of the little world, the holy, cellular life of the microcosm, must have penetrated deep.” -Henry Miller

  • De Carabas

    “An appeal to authority is an argument made ignorance ignorance.” – Leonardo de Vinci

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Dayhoff/807089011 Brian Dayhoff

    I used to live in this town. I am glad to see they are doing something to empower their local food producers. Honestly I never expected to see them in the news in any sort of big way. Also I used to drive past where that photo was taken daily on the way to school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Dayhoff/807089011 Brian Dayhoff

    I used to live in this town. I am glad to see they are doing something to empower their local food producers. Honestly I never expected to see them in the news in any sort of big way. Also I used to drive past where that photo was taken daily on the way to school.

  • Hailie

    as far as veggies my garden is what i choose to use in it ,i know what was used ,govtment control on anything else ,i avoid,if people really knew how there food got to the table ,they would be on a dandilion diet

  • Hailie

    as far as veggies my garden is what i choose to use in it ,i know what was used ,govtment control on anything else ,i avoid,if people really knew how there food got to the table ,they would be on a dandilion diet

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