Blue Hill Farmer Being Sued by State of Maine

Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:38 AM  This from Bob St.Peter Executive Director of Food for Maine’s future.  “Hi all – Just want to give everyone a heads up that Dan Brown of Gravelwood Farm in East Blue Hill is being sued by the State of Maine for illegal distribution of raw milk and selling food without a retail food license. This is a direct challenge to our local food ordinance and follows on the heals of a cease-and-desist the State gave to another Blue Hill farmer for selling milk without a license. Our community is having a meeting today to discuss how to proceed. I am my own ideas how our organization should proceed and I will propose it to the group tonight.

Our strength is our connections in Maine, around the U.S., and internationally. I was in Oakland this last week at a conference and was at the first US Food Sovereignty Alliance assembly when the summons was served. (The phone tree was activated and 10 people showed up, though it was after the sheriff had left. The farmers appreciated the support though.) My very strong feeling is that we need to change the debate on this — Dan’s never made anyone sick. Cargill killed someone this summer, and they’re repeat offenders. Early next week I’ll be emailing the world that we’re calling on the State to drop the lawsuit and use our limited resources to go after the real threats to public health — Big Ag. In particular, Cargill. Also, I’ll be calling for Micheal Taylor, Food Safety Czar, to resign. He’s at the top of the food chain at the FDA, has publicly stated the FDA’s support for the arrest of raw dairy farmers, and has a long history of back and forth between industry (Monsanto) and the FDA. Plus he’s the guy who paved the way for GMOs and rBGH, and wrote the playbook that was used by Monsanto to sue Oakhurst. This guy is the poster child for corporate government malfeasance, and Monsanto’s history of suing farmers and others will be part of this story. Here’s a summary of Taylor’s history: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/youre-appointing-who-plea_b_243810.html.”

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3 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve seen this a lot lately and been wondering whether there is any precedent for a local ordinance to supersede state law? Does anyone know of such a thing. I’ve seen things made stricter on the town side, but never seen anyone relax those laws and succeed.

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