Five more towns pass Local
Food and Self-Governance Ordinances
Freedom, Alexander, Moscow, Solon, and
Bingham, all in Maine, have passed the
Local Food and Community Self-Governance
Ordinance at their town meetings. Check
out this map!
Bills to Watch in ME Legislature
Read about Maine's
proposed statewide local food ordinance, and
state constitutional protection of the right
to food and to farm in the Local Food Rules
update in our e-newsletter, here.
Partnership, Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership and other trade
deals threaten food sovereignty. Read more here
For community, tradition
From the Diggers, who defiantly planted vegetables on
enclosed common land, to farmers in the western US who built
institutions like the Grange, the Farmers' Alliances, the
People's Party and the Populist Movement, to present-day
defenders of local food sovereignty and right-to-farm
ordinances, farms and food have been cornerstones for
building popular democracy.
Local Food Rules!
Today a new food movement aims to regain democratic
participation in our political system, promote the survival
of small-scale farming, institute scale-appropriate rules
around food production, build community and strengthen local
Starting with courageous small farmers in Maine, whose
survival is threatened by corporate-driven regulations,
communities are passing Local Food and Community
Self-Governance Ordinances (sample text here
Written to reflect each town's needs and values, these
ordinances reject corporate use of the regulatory system as
a mechanism to put small farmers out of business. Instead,
they promote an alternative that depends upon the
farmer/customer relationship. This creative approach to
subverting corporate power has caught the attention of food
sovereignty activists nationally and worldwide.
To learn more about this movement and how the Alliance's
Local Food Rules campaign supports it, take a look at our
farm and food issue of Justice Rising.
Read the other resources on this page, and follow the links
to learn more about our allies in Maine and elsewhere.
Check out the map in the sidebar to see where ordinances
have been passed. The campaign hopes to have thirty Maine
towns signed on through the end of the 2016 town meeting
To keep up with the latest on the campaign, follow us on Facebook
to our e-newsletter. Check out what our allies
are doing by clicking on the links below, too.
For more information about the Local Food Rules campaign,
and how you can pass an ordinance to protect food and
farming where you live, please contact Bonnie Preston,
AfD Co-Vice Chair, or the Alliance
for Democracy office.
Local, State and International action for food
Local Food Rules
Food Rules secures and promotes
community self-governance of food and
traditional food exchanges through municipal
ordinances and other mechanisms of local
Food for Maine's
for Maine's Future brings
together advocates and activists for small
farmers, farm workers and their patrons to
build a just, sustainable and democratic
food system that benefits Maine farmers,
communities and the environment, in the face
of corporate-food monopolies. As part of a
growing international food sovereignty
movement, FMF builds alliances between rural
people in Maine and around the world, work
that is strengthened through their alliance
with La Via Campesina.
La Via Campesina
Via Campesina, the international
movement of millions of peasants, small and
medium-size farmers, landless people, women
farmers, indigenous people, migrants and
agricultural workers. It defends
small-scale, sustainable agriculture as a
way to promote social justice and dignity,
and opposes corporate-driven agriculture and
transnational companies that are destroying
people and nature.
New Justice Rising focuses on Local Food!
Click on the cover to download individual articles
or the whole issue.