Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mooo Update (Maine)

Maine Town Declares Food Soverneignty

Sedgwick, Maine has done what no other town in the United States has done. The town unanimously passed an ordinance giving its citizens the right “to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.” This includes raw milk, locally slaughtered meats, and just about anything else you can imagine. It’s also a decided bucking of state and federal laws.

This isn’t just a declaration of preference. The proposed warrant added, “It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.” In other words, no state licensing requirements prohibiting certain farms from selling dairy products or producing their own chickens for sale to other citizens in the town.

What about potential legal liability and state or federal inspections? It’s all up to the seller and buyer to negotiate. “Patrons purchasing food for home consumption may enter into private agreements with those producers or processors of local foods to waive any liability for the consumption of that food. Producers or processors of local foods shall be exempt from licensure and inspection requirements for that food as long as those agreements are in effect.” Imagine that–buyer and seller can agree to cut out the lawyers. That’s almost un-American, isn’t it?

Click on link above for complete article.

See previous Mooo posts below to see why free people are fighting back.

Thanks to Mike Church for bringing this to our attention.


Jan n Jer said...

So let me get this right...If I go to Main and want to buy raw milk or fresh beef. I would have to sign a waiver exempting the seller from contamination???? ie bacteria/solmenilla and so on!!! The meat that we just bought from the neighbors...I wonder if they are inspected???

The Church Lady said...

If you choose as a consumer to purchase raw milk or fresh beef, then it is your "choice". The whole point here is you have the freedom to choose this if you want and no gov't agency can outlaw it (bacteria or no bacteria - in Maine, that is).