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End the FDA’s foolish and destructive quarter-century crusade against raw milk farmers and sellers. As I wrote last year in a Washington Times op-ed, “Where a warning will suffice, a ban is inappropriate.”
2. Government Misinformation
The federal government should immediately stop using taxpayer dollars to award grant money to cities and states that these governments in turn use to launch attacks on food producers and sellers. New York City’s deceitful anti-soda ads, exposed by The New York Times earlier this year, are perhaps the best example of this practice.
3. USDA Reform
End all USDA farm subsidies—including federally subsidized crop insurance—right now. End programs promoting commodity crops. End marketing orders. Slash the agency’s bloated $150-billion budget in half. Then devote a higher percentage (currently less than 5 percent of the agency’s budget) to food safety. Instead of writing one-size-fits-all rules for school lunches, get out of the school lunch game entirely.
4. Food Marketing
Stop cracking down on food marketing. No logo or advertisement has ever made any person of any age obese. Last year the FTC, FDA, USDA, and CDC came up with an unconstitutional joint scheme that would have limited the rights of food producers to advertise their products, lest a child see food ads and nag his or her parents. Thankfully the agencies backed down in the face of pressure.
5. The Commerce Clause & The Tenth Amemdment
Return sovereignty over intrastate food safety (including animal slaughter) to the states. While both the FDA and USDA have power under the Constitution to regulate interstate commerce, neither has such authority to regulate intrastate commerce. Under the Tenth Amendment, that responsibility rests with the states.
6. Food Labeling
Open up all food labels to any and all statements that aren't demonstrably false. That would include allowing statements such as “No GMOs” on any GMO-free product. Additionally, abolish the USDA’s archaic label pre-approval requirement (a requirement the FDA—which regulates four times as much food as does the USDA—does not have).
Keep working to prevent children from drinking alcohol while at the same time halting policies that treat adults like children. Lift the ban on caffeinated beers like Four Loko. Lift the ban on home distillation of spirits. And, as above, end the needless preapproval process for beer, wine, and spirits.
8. Organic Food
Organic food once meant something to those who ate it. Today it means something much less, thanks to politicized USDA regulations pertaining to organic-food labeling. The solution? Get the USDA out of the organic business entirely.