Maine Community Demands Food Sovereignty
A typical New England town meeting consists of local citizens voting proposals up and down, on matters often neglected by the state. However, eight small towns in Maine have taken the power of their vote to a new level: they voted to declare “food sovereignty.” As a result, local farmers and ranchers are explicitly allowed to do what they’ve always done: sell meat, unpasteurized milk, and veggies directly to neighbors and customers within town borders without the involvement of state regulations. Their agricultural heritage is not a topic up for state debate.
However, the “local rule” still anticipated resistance from the state, as experienced by farmer Dan Brown. Soon after the vote for food sovereignty, he was greeted with a lawsuit from the state. At a local level, this vote is a powerful move in attempting to decentralize the food system. For the food sovereignty movement as a whole, this is yet another illustration of intense opposition and persistent progress.
Read more about Maine residents’ and Farmer Brown’s fight for food sovereignty.