We are the farmers, students, business leaders, consumers, and the future of the Oxford Hills Area of Maine. Our local towns include Norway, South Paris, West Paris, Sumner, Otisfield, Poland, Oxford, Buckfield, Waterford, Mechanic Falls, Hebron, Hartford, and Harrison. We care deeply about the current state of food policy that favors Big Ag by subsidizing harmful farming practices, destroys mid-scale and family farms, poisons food, land, animals, and people, and foots us, the taxpayers, with the bill. Fearmongering among American citizens with the issue of “food safety” in order to remove basic rights and freedoms of farmers and consumers is one of the oldest tricks of the American government/corporation relationship. Listen very closely when you hear anyone talking about so-called “food safety,” and you will find that most often they are talking about power, control, more regulation, and absurd measures that will alienate humans from the very source of their existence: food.
We, the People of the Oxford Hills area, are humble, hard-working, independent folks, and we won’t accept absurd laws, which in fact no longer represent the people, in the face of corporate-sponsored government bullying. We are aware of and understand our constitutional rights, which include adopting a local food ordinance for our towns. We stand for real food security and real food safety. This means small, diverse family farms, supporting state and local business, and investing in each other.
Maine Constitution, Article I. Declaration of Rights
Section 2. Power inherent in people. All power is inherent in the people; all free governments are founded in their authority and instituted for their benefit; they have therefore an unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government, and to alter, reform, or totally change the same, when their safety and happiness require it.