Imagine a world where what you eat is decided by a bureaucrat hundreds of miles away from your home and community (or one right down the road!). Imagine someone telling you what you can and cannot feed your family and who you can and cannot get that food from.
That day is today. That agency is the FDA. In response to a lawsuit filed by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund challenging the interstate ban on raw milk, FDA made the following statements in its Reply Brief:
- “There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food.” [p. 25]
- “Plaintiffs’ assertion of a ‘fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families’ is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.” [p. 26]
When the founding fathers drafted the Constitution, there was nothing included about freedom of food choice because it was a right that was taken for granted. With agencies like the FDA and state health departments harassing small farmers and local food producers, that has long since stopped being the case. The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Foundation was formed to change that through its support of efforts to establish the right of all people to obtain the food of their choice from the source of their choice.