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posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 01:13 PM
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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.


www.foodrenegade.com...

Well how about that. Government out of our lives! The people in Sedgwick get it!!!

After watching the utter stupidity of the FDA enforcing ridiculous food bans on local populations, I applaud these people highly.

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Municipal home rule in Maine is both constitutional and legislative. The constitutional provision can be found in the Constitution of the State of Maine, Art. VII, Pt.2, §1, and was adopted in public referendum in 1969. The amendment reads:
“The inhabitants of any municipality shall have the power to alter and amend their charters on all matters, not prohibited by Constitution or general law, which are local and municipal in character. The legislature shall prescribe the procedure by which the municipality may so act.”

Our Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance states:
(1) Producers or processors of local foods in the Town of Sedgwick are exempt from licensure and inspection provided that the transaction is only between the producer or processor and a patron when the food is sold for home consumption. . . .
(2) Producers or processors of local foods in the Town of Sedgwick are exempt from licensure and inspection provided that the products are prepared for, consumed or sold at a community social event.”

Therefore, we the radicals who concocted this mutinous act of infamy believe that according to the Home Rule provisions of our State Constitution, the citizens of Sedgwick have the right to enact an ordinance that is “local and municipal in character.”


Wahaha. The government twirps will no doubt laugh this away, claiming their dominance. And dominance might not be too bad, if you could TRUST the damn fools. But you CAN'T. Go Maine! Eat what you want to eat, and screw the government.




posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 01:24 PM
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This is a town I would be proud to call home.


I have posted many threads where people were told, threatened to take out their front yard gardens because it was against the law. Against the law to grow your own food on your own property.

Then we have the raw milk fiasco, the cheese confiscations etc.

The Govt. should not have any right whatsoever to dictate what we can or cannot consume, especially when it's healthier than what's on the store shelves.

Good to see some taking a stand.


ETA: Interesting to note that having lived in Asia for many years, it's so cheap to eat street food and the food stands are everywhere. You can buy anything from chicken on a stick, fish, noodles, fresh fruit etc. Want some lettuce or peppers? Walk out your door and visit the little old lady on the sidewalk who picked everything from her garden that morning and is now making a few honest dollars.

Walking around at night and need something for the tummy? Turn left, right or directly ahead of you for a smorg of anything you want. All making an honest living and serving up some of the most delicious, freshest food you can imagine. All without needing a mountain of paperwork and permission.

Try that in the West? Nope.

Peace

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posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 02:01 PM
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Yeppers, was the same way when I was in the DR and Costa Rica. Many side of street food stands. If anyone ever stepped out of line and tried to feed you BS, the people would know, and their business would be ruined forever. They simply could NOT AFFORD to make bad food. It HAD to be the best tasting and freshest it could be, because there was always another guy right next door doing exactly that.



posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 02:12 PM
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Can a city even legally do that though? I thought state law overruled city.
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posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 06:23 PM
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Originally posted by WaterBottle
Can a city even legally do that though? I thought state law overruled city.
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Well they did it, regardless. And it may be eventually overruled, but if they are going to put up a fight when the feds come in, then hopefully they have a sheriff's office that will stand with them. Federal government has gotten so bloated and out of control, it's time to put a stop to these monsters.



posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 06:37 PM
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This is how one fights a "revolution". Since we are always talking about an affront on our sovereignty, we should fight to exert it. There is no need for armed violence. Our minds and hearts are like the thickest shield and the sharpest blade in our arsenal.

Ideas are more dangerous than armies. Truth as immovable as a mountain. Faith as powerful as a radiant sun.

BE free.



posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 06:39 PM
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go for them

sad it's ncessary



posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 06:41 PM
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Now when several thousand people get sick from some contaminated meat or milk... the local government will foot the bill and then come crawling the the federal government for a bailout. We all know mom and pop cant provide the financial backing to cover one wrongfull death... let alone several hundred.


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posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 07:15 PM
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Originally posted by Wertdagf
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Now when several thousand people get sick from some contaminated meat or milk... the local government will foot the bill and then come crawling the the federal government for a bailout.


Yeah, like they have for THOUSANDS of years! I mean, it's like people were dependent on the government before the big bang! Before the universe was ever made! Before GOD existed! No one EVER cooked a meal, EVER, before big government stepped in to check on it!

:shk:

Damn folks, you see all kinds around here, don't ya. :shk:




posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 07:23 PM
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Originally posted by TrueAmerican

Originally posted by Wertdagf
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Now when several thousand people get sick from some contaminated meat or milk... the local government will foot the bill and then come crawling the the federal government for a bailout.


Yeah, like they have for THOUSANDS of years! I mean, it's like people were dependent on the government before the big bang! Before the universe was ever made! Before GOD existed! No one EVER cooked a meal, EVER, before big government stepped in to check on it!

:shk:

Damn folks, you see all kinds around here, don't ya. :shk:



Here's one of the good ones for ya!

www.abovetopsecret.com...

Keeping it real.

Peace



posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 09:39 PM
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reply to post by TrueAmerican[I am a Maine resident, I cannot see why I cannot grow or raise my own garden veggies.There are local farmers, which I would gladly pay for produce, however, I have, and can grow on my own land. A local farmer is a better source for variety, so I cannot see the gov't stepping in and telling me their stuff is better. I hate the modified growth hormones. Anyone using it is a traitor to humanity.Hello---- Am I the only one awake? Wake up people!!!!!!!All this crap is funneling down to our local food chain, what flows downstream is what we eventually consume. You are what you eat.....so the saying goes. Just sayin'....w8tin............



posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 09:51 PM
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That is great. I feel it is a step in the right direction. S&F



posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 11:02 PM
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What's sad is that an ordinance like this has to be passed int he first place.



posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 11:29 PM
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hmm where is this sedgwick maine and do they have any houses for sell? lol



posted on Mar, 10 2013 @ 11:35 PM
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Originally posted by davjan4
What's sad is that an ordinance like this has to be passed int he first place.

I'd be interested to learn why exactly an ordinance is needed for this in the U.S. at all.
When and how and why did the people in the U.S. lose their "right" to grow, sell and eat their own food?


Originally posted by jude11
Try that in the West? Nope.

Friends and Family of mine are doing this for generations "in the West".



posted on Mar, 11 2013 @ 12:24 AM
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Originally posted by ColCurious

Originally posted by davjan4
What's sad is that an ordinance like this has to be passed int he first place.

I'd be interested to learn why exactly an ordinance is needed for this in the U.S. at all.
When and how and why did the people in the U.S. lose their "right" to grow, sell and eat their own food?


Originally posted by jude11
Try that in the West? Nope.

Friends and Family of mine are doing this for generations "in the West".


This:

www.farmtoconsumer.org...

•"There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food."
•"There is no 'deeply rooted' historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds."
•"Plaintiffs' assertion of a 'fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families' is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish."
•FDA's brief goes on to state that "even if such a right did exist, it would not render FDA's regulations unconstitutional because prohibiting the interstate sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk promotes bodily and physical health."
•"There is no fundamental right to freedom of contract."

Since when did the FDA have authority to tell you what you can and cannot eat and feed your children? Apparently they believe they’ve had it all along.

If you go by these assertions, it means the FDA has the authority to prohibit any food of their choosing and make it a crime for you to seek it out. If, one day, the FDA deems tomatoes, broccoli or cashews capable of causing you harm (which is just as ludicrous as their assertions that raw milk is harmful), they could therefore enact such a ban and legally enforce it.

What this means is that freedom of food choice is a myth if you live in the United States.






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posted on Mar, 11 2013 @ 12:54 AM
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Thank you for clearing that up.
I don't know if this is more sad or ridiculous to be honest.
Whatever happened to the ideas of autarky and subsequently independence in the USofA?



posted on Mar, 11 2013 @ 06:32 AM
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Great my State is finally doing something right.

Well at least a town is lol.

Can't wait for them to allow us to produce, use, cultivate, sell, buy, Hemp.

You know how many jobs we could create for Maine citizens? If we could produce hemp and sell it.

Maine is usually in the top 3 for Safest state to live in.

Crime would be minimal in regards to Hemp/Cannabis.



posted on Mar, 11 2013 @ 08:42 AM
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Why the hell should they care? The govt has decided it doesn't need to follow the law at this point. F' them!



posted on Mar, 11 2013 @ 10:14 AM
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Originally posted by Wertdagf
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Now when several thousand people get sick from some contaminated meat or milk... the local government will foot the bill and then come crawling the the federal government for a bailout. We all know mom and pop cant provide the financial backing to cover one wrongfull death... let alone several hundred.


Because we all know that the local government and big business are so effective in THEIR back yards!







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