“ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Blue Hill farmer has been ordered by Hancock County Superior Court to cease selling unlicensed, unlabeled raw milk from his farm stand in a decision that could set the scene for future challenges to local food rules that circumvent state law. Continue reading
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“I’ve spent the last few days reading through the most recent filings in the Maine Food Sovereignty case.
If the potential importance of a food rights case could be measured in the heavy weight of the many pages of these initial arguments, this is a serious case. In this initial phase, each side has moved for summary judgment–that the judge in the case decide in its favor as a matter of law. Continue reading
You’ve no doubt heard about those towns in Maine that have declared food sovereignty. Well, here’s something at least a little bit in the same direction happening right here in that second rate socialist country, Canada! (Believe it or not, that’s what our Prime Minister is reported to have called it.)
“The City of Richmond is poised to join a growing number of B.C. municipalities that oppose the cultivation of genetically modified crops and plants within their boundaries.
A resolution has been working its way through city hall since June 2010, when Arzeena Hamir of the Richmond Food Security Society and April Reeves of GE Free B.C. pitched councillors on proposed wording that would keep Richmond free of genetically engineered trees, plants and crops. Continue reading
The support for Maine towns’ food sovereignty ordinances crosses party lines, as State of Maine backlash tests resolve
“How strongly will the town of Blue Hill, Maine, and food sovereignty supporters,(not necessarily in that order) stand up to the state’s pressure to push the town aside while it prosecutes a local farmer for selling raw milk and other foods directly to town residents? Continue reading
Food sovereignty rally at Grey Bruce health unit in Owen Sound in support of Michael Schmidt and legal raw milk
“Four towns in Maine have voted to exempt local farmers from some state and federal food safety laws. This action sprung out of what some have dubbed the “food sovereignty” movement…..” Continue reading
Sandisfield, Massachusetts and Trenton, Maine join the list of towns with new food sovereignty ordinances
“Two additional towns have approved the Food Sovereignty laws developed out of coastal Maine.
What may be the first town outside of Maine to approve such a law is Sandisfield, MA. Brigitte Ruthman, who has been battling with Massachusetts regulators over the legality of her one-cow herdshare, reports that her town earlier this months “adopted a resolution as follows…..’We the people of the town of Sandisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, 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.'” Continue reading