The Government vs Your Food

February 1, 2014

There are few things more intimate than sitting around the table to eat with family and friends. But with alarming frequency, government is also demanding a seat at the table. This uninvited guest seeks to dictate what we have on our plates and in our glasses . . . and, ultimately, what we put in our bodies.

But now IJ is fighting back. On November 19, 2013, we launched our National Food Freedom Initiative: a nationwide campaign to end government’s unconstitutional interference in our food choices. With the initiative, IJ will fight for the growing number of small-scale food entrepreneurs and consumers tired of government dictating what foods they can grow, sell and eat.

In this issue of Liberty & Law, you’ll read about the first three cases in the initiative: a property rights challenge to a ban on front-yard vegetable gardens in Miami Shores, Fla.; an economic liberty challenge to Minnesota’s restrictions on the sale of homemade baked goods; and a free speech challenge to Oregon’s ban on the advertisement of “raw”—or unpasteurized—milk.

In a historic first for IJ, we filed these three cases on a single day. The logistical challenges were daunting, but everything went off seamlessly and we accomplished exactly what we set out to accomplish: set the terms of the debate from the get-go.

Of course, this was only the opening salvo in what will be a sustained, nationwide campaign. IJ will not rest until Americans are once again free to produce, market and consume the foods of their choice.

Michael Bindas is an IJ senior attorney.

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