On Saturday morning, Sedgwick became likely the first locale in the country to pass a "Food Sovereignty" law. It's the proposed ordinance I first described last fall, when I introduced the "Five Musketeers", a group of farmers and consumers intent on pushing back against overly aggressive state food regulators. The regulators were interfering with farmers who, for example, took chickens to a neighbor for slaughtering, or who sold raw milk directly to consumers.
|The essence of local government, town hall, Sedgwick, ME|
Citing America's Declaration of Independence and the Maine Constitution, the ordinance proposed that "Sedgwick citizens possess the right to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing." These would include raw milk and other dairy products and locally slaughtered meats, among other items.
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This is what I am referring to when I talk about local government.
I consider this an example of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the Bill of Rights: Assertion of a right not specifically enumerated to the Federal government.
Taking this to the logical conclusion of original intent, the local government ordinance should also trump a law of the State of Maine, as the ultimate sovereignty is with the people, then the State, then the Federal government.
Consumers are free to opt out; if the strategy is economically non-viable, it will terminate itself. If it works, good for them, because their overhead will decrease, allowing them more to live on.