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IJ’s Food Freedom Initiative

Do you own a food-related business that is facing problems or is even under threat of shutdown because of burdensome laws and regulations? Do you face excessive fines from the government if you don’t stop your business, take down an advertisement or dig up your garden?

IJ’s National Food Freedom Initiative is here to help. Fill out the form below and check out IJ’s reports, The Attack on Food Freedom and Flour Power, to learn more.

IJ’s National Food Freedom Initiative is a nationwide campaign that brings a variety of challenges to laws that interfere with the ability of people like you to make, buy, sell, eat, grow or advertise different foods.

Across the country, governments at every level are chipping away at the rights of food entrepreneurs through irrational and overly burdensome regulations.

Since 2015, IJ has been at the forefront at the fight for the rights of food entrepreneurs and consumers against these needless restrictions.

From bakers in Wisconsin faced with up to $1,000 in fines for preparing treats in their home kitchens, to Texas craft breweries forced to give up their distribution rights for nothing, IJ fights to empower food entrepreneurs. Through litigation and grassroots activism, IJ continues to demonstrate the importance of liberty in the food industry. See below for a timeline of successes in the food freedom movement or to see giw IJ’s National Food Freedom Initiative can help you.

How is the government limiting your food freedom?

Initiative Cases

  • July 2, 2019

    Mississippi Food Labeling Law

    Mississippi Makes Selling “Veggie Burgers” a Crime

    Brace yourselves: Veggie burgers don’t contain meat. If this doesn’t come as a stunning revelation, then you’re savvier than the state of Mississippi gives you credit for. This year, at the behest of the meat lobby, Mississippi banned food companies making plant-based meat alternatives from using any meat product terms on their labels, supposedly to…

  • April 5, 2018

    FDA Skim Milk

    Maryland Dairy Farmers Sue for Right to Tell the Truth

    The government does not have the power to change the dictionary, but that is precisely what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is attempting to do to keep American farms from selling wholesome, all-American skim milk. Randy Sowers learned this the hard way. He is a lifelong dairy farmer and the founder of South…

  • December 7, 2017

    New Jersey Baked Goods Ban

    New Jersey Bakers Challenge State Ban on Selling Home-Baked Goods

    New Jersey is the only state in the U.S. to completely ban bakers from selling cookies, cakes and muffins that were made in a home kitchen—foods even the government deems to be “not potentially hazardous.” New Jersey allows home bakers to legally sell their baked goods for charity and nonprofit bake sales. But the second…

  • March 28, 2017

    Minnesota Interstate Shipping

    Minnesota Farm Wineries Fight for Free Trade

    If you want to buy your favorite wine at a farm winery in Minnesota, chances are you’re going to be out of luck. A little-known but onerous state law prevents these vineyards from making a majority of their wine from grapes grown outside Minnesota. This unusual and severe restriction effectively ruins farm wineries’ potential to…

  • January 13, 2016

    Wisconsin Baked Good Ban

    Wisconsin Farmers Challenge State Ban on Selling Home-Baked Goods

    Selling home-baked goods is now legal for the first time in Wisconsin, thanks to a successful lawsuit filed by the Institute for Justice and their clients, Lisa Kivirist, Kriss Marion, and Dela Ends. Before the lawsuit, it was illegal to sell even one cookie without first obtaining a license and spending tens of thousands of…

  • December 20, 2014

    Texas Craft Beer

    Beer Bounty: Texas Craft Brewers Sue Over New Law That Requires Them to Give Part of Their Businesses to Distributors for Free

    A Texas law is forcing craft brewers to give up millions of dollars of valuable property to politically connected beer distributors.

  • March 7, 2016

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  • November 19, 2013

    Minnesota Cottage Foods

    Baked Fresh, Baked Free: Challenging Minnesota’s Restrictions on Selling Home-Baked Goods

    Minnesota has slammed the oven door on bakers trying to make a home-based business out of satisfying Minnesotans’ sweet tooth.

  • November 19, 2013

    Florida Vegetable Gardens

    An Affront To Gardeners Everywhere: Miami Shores Forces Homeowners To Destroy Their Front-Yard Vegetable Garden

    Miami Shores Village, Fla.’s unconstitutional ban on front-yard vegetable gardens prohibits homeowners from growing vegetables in their front yards. But trees, fruit and garden gnomes are just fine.

  • November 19, 2013

    Oregon Raw Milk

    Got Free Speech? Oregon Dairy Farmer Challenges Censorship of Raw Milk Advertising

    In Oregon, it was perfectly legal for Christine Anderson, owner of Cast Iron Farm, about an hour outside of Portland, to sell raw—that is, unpasteurized—milk . . . so long as she did not talk about it. That was because the state flatly banned the advertisement of this lawful product. That meant Christine was prohibited…

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