Tisha T. Casida
All politics is local – but when it comes to food – politics should not be part of the equation. Unfortunately, our web of food choice and infrastructure has created a place for politics and food, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t opt out of the insanity to be able to consume what we want to in order to achieve optimum health.
In getting to work with small farmers, ranchers, and producers – it is easy for me to understand the importance of getting Uncle Sam out of the farm, the kitchen, and our personal choices about what we consume. And it is possible –just look at this example from Sedgwick, Maine – where citizens declared their food sovereignty.
The proposed ordinance recognized the Constitution of the United States of America and the Maine Constitution.
“Sedgwick citizens possess the right to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.” This would include raw milk, locally-slaughtered meat, and other locally-produced items that are often produced in such a small scale that it would be literally impossible for small producers to comply with federal regulations.
“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.” This is the beauty of what these citizens are doing – they are re-enforcing their natural, individual rights to be able to consume what they wish for their health and existence.
The best part about this is that citizens and businesses can decide for themselves the amount of regulation/interference they want – in effect cutting out the attorneys and bureaucrats that make it nearly impossible to buy and sell food on a local level. “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.”
Here is the example of the Food Ordinance, which could be tailored for any town and/or County. It is our hope here, at That’s Natural!, that we can foster Food Freedom in counties across Colorado and the country by enforcing local ordinances that declare our food sovereignty at a local level – where it is easiest for us to be transparent and accountable to each one another in our communities.