UPDATE 07-28-11: This story is FALSE. The Stevens County Assembly which passed this ordinance is not the recognized governing body of that county. Is it an assembly of local residents only. The ordinance passed holds no weight, whatsoever, with the population at large. And, to be put into effect, it would need to be passed by the actual governing body of the county. We have seen no indication, whatsoever, that this is within range. Four legitimate towns in Maine HAVE passed similar food freedom ordinances (see this link), and we hope that although this story is false, it will end up helping spread the word that people can do something on a local level.
A county assembly in Washington State has just passed a food freedom ordinance which would punish federal agents with up to ten years in prison and $20,000 fines.
On July 20th, the Stevens County Assembly finalized the ordinance. They are now in the process of collecting signatures from the residents of Stevens County – urging them to to claim his/her natural right to grow, produce, purchase, and consume the foods of their choice.
Beyond that, the passed ordinance would make it unlawful for agents of either the State or Federal government to execute laws that interfere with the ordinance.
Already four towns in Maine have passed similar measures, and others around the country have indicated theyâ€™re looking at the same.
REGULATIONS, REGULATIONS, AND MORE REGULATIONS
Last year, Congress introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) which opponents say will lead to crushing regulations on local food production – at the benefit of the big corporate farming interests that backed passage of the law. Local food ordinances appear to be a direct response to the new regulations. The Stevens County Ordinance states, in part, that:Details