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Gov. LePage signs Maine food sovereignty into first-of-its kind law

Maine has officially withdrawn state regulatory control from 20 or more local communities that have passed so-called food sovereignty ordinances. Additional cities and towns have only to adopt such ordinances to fall under the local control act that has been signed into law by Maine Gov. Paul LePage. Adoption, however, may be more symbolic than… Continue Reading

State Food Freedom Bills Go Down to Defeat Again

Tagged as “inexpedient to legislate” in New Hampshire and shelved in Utah, state food freedom bills got little traction for a second straight year. Shannon Shutts, spokeswoman for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, says when America’s largest state legislative body decides a bill is “inexpedient to legislate” it means the measure is dead.   … Continue Reading

Local Food Ordinance Proposed on West Coast

The local food ordinance movement that began in a handful of small towns in Maine has found its way to California.  On Jan. 24, 2012, farmer Pattie Chelseth introduced a “Local Food and Community Self-Governance” ordinance to the Board of Supervisors in El Dorado County in the historic Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The ordinance,… Continue Reading

Top Food Safety Stories of 2011: No. 10

From Washington to Maine with numerous stops in between, the food “sovereignty” movement emerged as the 10th most important food safety story of 2011. With many variations, the movement involved attempts — some successful, some not — to exempt local food producers from food-safety regulation or oversight. Father of the movement is a Big Sandy,… Continue Reading

Balancing the Scales: Food ‘Sovereignty’ and Food Safety

The movement to shift control of food systems to local governments and local communities, sometimes referred to as “food sovereignty,” has gained increased notoriety with the recent lawsuit filed against raw milk producer Dan Brown in Blue Hill, Maine.  “Food sovereignty,” as a concept and movement, is not new nor is it defined by local… Continue Reading