Earlier this year I was approached by a sustainability officer at a large city council wanting to chat to me about the localisation of food production. He was keen on my work at The Foraging Commons and this blog, Reclaim the Curb. As the meeting was wrapping up he posed this question to me: What can councils do to faciliate this movement?
My answer: Get out of the way.
He laughed off my response, but I’m still deadly serious.
While this particular council doesn’t look like its giving away any control or attempting to remove any barriers any time soon, others are ..
Sedwig, Maine USA has become the first town to declare total food sovereignty opposing state and federal laws. The town has passed an ordinance that gives its citizens the right “to produce, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing,” regulations be damned. The ordinance includes raw milk, meats that are slaughtered locally, all produce and just about anything else you might imagine.
And what’s more, three additional towns in Maine are expected to take up similar ordinances soon…
I hope councils more local to me come on board with this type of thinking soon.