I was unfortunately unable to attend the Kalamazoo Food Sovereignty discussion at the People's Food Coop Board Meeting. I hear it was well attended and hope to join in on future discussions.
A town in Maine is blazing a trail for cities like Kalamazoo by adopting an extraordinary food sovereignty ordinance, allowing the private citizens of their city the ability to produce local foods and sell them to each other outside the confines of state and federal restrictions, within the boundaries of their city. This includes items like raw milk and meats.
Maybe something like this ordinance is the next step past amazing initiatives like the Can-Do Kitchen and local Farmers' Markets.
Maine Town Declares Food Sovereignty
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.