Food Sovereignty for the town of Caroline, NY

Food Sovereignty for the town of Caroline, NY

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andrew dygert started this petition to Town Board of Caroline New York

To the Town Board of Caroline New York,

To borrow from the  LOCAL FOOD AND COMMUNITY SELF-GOVERNANCE ORDINANCE of Maine.(because whoever wrote this is was smarter and more eloquent than me)

"We, the People of the Town of Caroline have the right to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods thus promoting self-reliance, the preservation of family farms, and local food traditions. We recognize that family farms; sustainable agricultural practices; and food processing by individuals, families, and non-corporate entities offer stability to our rural way of life by enhancing the economic, environmental, and social wealth of our community. As such, our right to a local food system requires us to assert our inherent right to self-government. We recognize the authority to protect that right as belonging to the Town.

We have faith in our citizens’ ability to educate themselves and make informed decisions. We hold that certain federal and state regulations unnecessarily impede local food production and constitute a usurpation of our citizens’ right to foods of their choice. We support food that fundamentally respects human dignity and health; nourishes individuals and the community; and sustains producers, processors, and the environment. 

All individuals have a natural, inherent, and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve, and consume the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment and sustenance. Furthermore, all individuals have a right to barter, trade, and purchase food and to save and exchange seed from the sources of their own choosing for their own physical health and well-being. Every individual is fully responsible for the exercise of these rights, which may not be infringed."

Therefore we are requesting that the town board enact a town ordinance exempting local producers of food for direct sale within the town of Caroline from federal and state regulation. For the protection, preservation, and encouragement of our local food system. And to defend our right to complete and unrestricted choice on the food we choose. Ordinence should be based on the precedence set by others including the "LOCAL FOOD AND COMMUNITY SELF-GOVERNANCE ORDINANCE" of Maine and the "Wyoming Food Freedom Act"

Thank you for your time and effort on our behalf,

The People

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