LINCOLNVILLE — Josh Gerritsen and Eric Rector will host a discussion on the issues surrounding food sovereignty, Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m., at the Lincolnville Community Library.
According to Gerritsen, in Maine, food sovereignty refers to people’s rights to sell food, including processed items and raw milk (but not meat), to others in their town without any licensing or regulation.
Forty-seven Maine municipalities have passed food sovereignty ordinances and efforts are underway in Camden, Rockport and Islesboro to do the same this spring, according to the Library, in a news release.
Gerritsen and Rector will discuss the history of food sovereignty both internationally and in Maine, how the state and federal departments of agriculture view such ordinances, how existing ordinances have affected municipalities, and the pros and cons of the ordinances.
Gerritsen is a filmmaker and photographer who also spent several years raising chickens, sheep and other animals on his farm in Lincolnville. He has served on the Lincolnville Board of Selectmen since 2017.
Rector is owner of the Monroe Cheese Studio where he has been making cows milk cheeses and yogurt since 2006. In the past he has served as president of the board of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, president of the Maine Cheese Guild, and treasurer of the Belfast Farmers Market..
The library is at 208 Main Street in Lincolnville Center.
For more information, call 706-3896 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.