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Blue Hills Maine Food Sovereignty ordinance tested in raw milk court case

From Mario Moretti, in the Bangor Daily News:

Dan Brown pets Sprocket, family’s four-year-old, sole milking cow, before hosing her down at family’s Gravel Wood Farm on the Blue Hill peninsula Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Dan Brown contends that he doesn’t need a license to sell raw, unpasteurized milk. State and federal regulators say otherwise. Click image to go to source. Photo: John Clarke Russ | BDN

“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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Maine towns’ food sovereignty laws to be tested in upcoming court case

From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:

“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

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B.C. local governments take on GMOs

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.)

From Randy Shore in the Vancouver Sun:

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“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

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The support for Maine towns’ food sovereignty ordinances crosses party lines, as State of Maine backlash tests resolve

From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:

Dan Brown, the Blue Hill, Maine, farmer being sued by the state. Complete Patient photo.

“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

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Food sovereignty rally at Grey Bruce health unit in Owen Sound in support of Michael Schmidt and legal raw milk

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Maine PBS reports on the four local towns that declared Food Sovereignty

Maine PBS has a special report on the four towns in that state which have declared Food Sovereignty. Click this link to watch.

The four towns in question. Image from Maine PBS. Click image to go to MPBS to watch the show.

“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

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Sandisfield, Massachusetts and Trenton, Maine join the list of towns with new food sovereignty ordinances

From David E. Gumpert at the Complete Patient blog:

“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

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