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Robbie Miller is set to graduate from the Seattle University School of Law in 2013. While studying journalism at Central Washington University, he corresponded with farmers in Washington's Kittitas Valley and interned with publications in Seattle and Yakima. He has been known to rant about the overuse of pesticides and can often be found staring at food labels for an unreasonably long time while shopping at his local West Seattle natural market.

Earlier this year, when a small Maine town declared “food sovereignty” to exempt its local food sales from food-safety regulations, many wondered: Can they do that?


The short answer is no. The slightly longer answer is that the declaration raises issues of the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives federal law preeminence, and