Food Freedom Resolution One Step Closer

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Last week I had a mini panic attack when I realized that tonight was the last council meeting before the Flagstaff City Council went on a 5 week break. I have been telling you for quite a while that Flagstaff Liberty Alliance’s food freedom resolution was ready to move forward and I didn’t want to have to tell you that we would have to wait over a month before we knew if it was going to gain any traction.

As I reported in a previous blog, two weeks ago Flagstaff Liberty Alliance attempted to get our food freedom resolution placed on a future council agenda but ran into trouble when we found out that public participation was not at the beginning of the 6:00 meeting like it used to be. All we could do was present our resolution and 300 supporting signatures to council at the end of the meeting and hope someone would take up the cause at a future meeting.

Thankfully, Flagstaff City Councilmember Jeff Oravits stepped up at the end of tonight’s meeting and asked for our resolution to be placed on a future agenda. This is great news and a big step in the right direction. Next we have to convince at least three Councilmembers to vote to take our resolution to the next level where it will be debated and discussed, possibly amended and hopefully approved.

While Council is on vacation over the next five weeks we will be asking everyone who agrees with our resolution to send emails to Council expressing your support. You can contact the Flagstaff City Council here:

You can read the entire food freedom resolution text here:

As cities and towns across the country increasingly criminalize gardening and urban farming, our food freedom resolution in Flagstaff is needed more than ever before. Below are just a few examples of what people are dealing with. A google search brings up hundreds and hundreds of cases.


Des Moines Considers Home Garden Ban

Homeowners Cited For Illegal Gardening

Women Facing Jail Time For Growing Garden

Yes, Your Home Garden Is Against The Law If You Try To Sell Any Of It


Garden for freedom

  1. July 17, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Flagstaff Liberty Alliance is asking everyone who supports our Food Freedom Resolution to contact the Flagstaff City Council over their summer break and let them know that you want them to pass this resolution.

    Even something as simple as “I support the food resolution recently presented to council” will help a lot!

    You can email the entire Flagstaff City Council here:

    Individual Council Member contact information can be found here:

    Full text of the resolution:

    Here’s where the resolution stands right now:

    Thank you so much for all your help with this! Please share with your friends and anyone you feel would be interested in this resolution.

  2. Nancy
    July 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Wanted to share this book review with you and your readers:

    The Fight for Food Rights
    Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat, David Gumpert, Chelsea Green, 280 pages

    Throughout Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights Gumpert expresses sympathy for the idea that “food rights”—the principle that consumers should be able to obtain the food of their choosing—constitute rights on par with others guaranteed by the Constitution. Indeed, this liberty was so self-evident at the time of Constitution’s drafting that no one saw the need to codify it. Like many other champions of an embattled cause, Gumpert invites comparisons to the civil rights movement, wondering when the food-rights movement will see its “Rosa Parks moment.”
    Whatever the future holds for food-culture fringe-dwellers, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights is a compelling account of their clashes with government. Gumpert fosters a sense of justified outrage at the plight of the farmers who have lost their livelihood after these prosecutions. It shouldn’t be an ordeal, or require shady legal arrangements, to purchase or supply high-quality food.

    There will be deaths from pathogens when people skate around regulations, whether on the farm or the factory floor. The industrial food system carries considerable health risks of its own, of which the public is only now becoming aware. We should be allowed to evaluate and act on these tradeoffs, as we do in other areas of life. These decisions shouldn’t be made for us, particularly not by regulators who are bound up with the industrialized food system that has made Americans so sick in the first place.

  1. August 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm
  2. August 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm

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