Flagstaff Food Freedom Resolution Draft Completed

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Note: This article has been updated to include the new draft text.

At our May 16 meeting, Flagstaff Liberty Alliance voted to move forward with our goal to get a proposed Food Freedom Resolution passed at the City and County levels.

As many of you know, Flagstaff Liberty Alliance has been working to collect signatures from people across the region who support a food freedom ordinance. Our resolution is similar to that ordinance except it won’t have the teeth that an ordinance has. It’s a statement rather than a law.

We feel that a resolution is a big first step in the right direction and will send a powerful message that Northern Arizona supports local food and food freedom.

We will continue collecting signatures at our events for the food freedom resolution. You can find a list of our upcoming events HERE.

For further reading, please see:

Why Does Flagstaff Need A Food Freedom Ordinance?

Local Food A Trending Topic In Flagstaff

Our draft resolution has borrowed heavily from resolutions that have passed in cities and counties across the country.

6-5-2013 UPDATE After discussion with council members and others the draft has been revised from it’s original version.

6-10-2013 UPDATE: In a surprise development, Councilmember Celia Barotz backed out of her support of our watered down resolution this morning. We are now going to try to move forward with our original resolution.

The text of the draft resolution now reads:

A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS TO GROW AND CONSUME THEIR OWN FOOD

WHEREAS, the people of the City of Flagstaff historically have maintained and enjoyed the right to raise food for themselves and their families; and

WHEREAS, family farms, sustainable agricultural practices and food processing by individuals, families and small, locally based firms offer stability to our City by enhancing the economic, environmental and social wealth of our community; and

WHEREAS, in this day and age, there are many barriers to people raising their own food and livestock, including the land required for such activities, capital costs, accessibility, time, knowledge, and skills; and

WHEREAS, as part of the right to raise food for themselves and their families, the people have and maintain the right to raise such food on their own land, subject to zoning and land use laws, and where desired, to contract with others to rent sufficient land for the growing of that food, for boarding their poultry and livestock, and for hiring services related to its care, maintenance, raising, and harvesting; and

WHEREAS, as part of that right, the people have the right to own, and where they deem it convenient to share ownership of, such agricultural activities, livestock, and other food producing animals for their own use, enjoyment, and consumption; and

WHEREAS, no local, state or federal law bars any person from raising their own food for use by themselves and their families; and

WHEREAS, in the interests of a vibrant local economy, it is important that the rights outlined above be maintained and that City officials encourage a healthy and environmentally friendly form of small scale agriculture.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Flagstaff City Council supports, endorses, and encourages the recognition of the right and freedom of people to raise their own food, including food derived from agricultural animals, for the enjoyment of themselves and their families, either by their own investment and labor or through the assistance of others through contractual arrangements.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Flagstaff City Council recognizes the right of people to contract with others for the production, processing and delivery of food for home consumption on terms set solely by the contracting parties and not subject to regulations designed for the public sale of such foods.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Flagstaff City Council supports the adoption of local, state, and federal laws that support and encourage the American people to continue and expand the activities of raising food for themselves and their families.

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Photo by: Monika Janczuk

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