“[The] assertion of a fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health…is unavailing because [consumers] do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.” —FDA written testimony, Iowa U.S. District Court, 26 April 2010
Local Food RULES (LFR) formed in Hancock County, Maine, the county where the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance (LFCSGO) was written and first passed in four towns in the spring and early summer of 2011. The purpose of the group is to work with towns to pass more ordinances. It has also worked to pass supportive legislation at the state level, while maintaining the focus on the local level and exerting community rights to self-governance. LFR is now a chapter of Food for Maine’s Future, a group which has broader concerns.
This issue of Alliance for Democracy’s publication Justice Rising is packed with information about the local food ordinance and some of the many issues of importance that are related to it.