Policy

Food Nullification: The Sequel

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Maine towns may be adopting food sovereignty laws, but their state government says it won't join them:

Not this legislative session. Maybe next year.

Sponsored by Rep. Walter Kumiega, LD 366 was rejected by the Ag Committee on May 11. The raw milk bill would have obviated licensing for the direct sale from farmer to consumer and protected small operations from overly burdensome rules recently imposed at the bureaucratic level.

"Requiring someone with two cows or a handful of goats to invest ten thousand dollars or more to build an inspectable facility doesn't make economic sense," Kumiega told Food Freedom. "Hand milking is a perfectly acceptable method and does not need the same facilities that a machine milking operation does. LD 366 seeks to restore an exemption that was a standard practice up until two years ago, when it was changed by an administrative decision."…

Also sponsored by Rep. Kumiega, LD 330, "An Act To Exempt Farm Food Products and Homemade Food Offered for Sale or for Consumption at Certain Events from Certain Licensing Requirements," died in committee on April 7th.

The second bill would have repealed rules requiring potluck suppers, bake sales, and the like to follow the same regulatory requirements as full-time food vendors.