How the Presidential Election Will Impact Food Freedom in America

10 experts weigh in on federal food policies Obama and Romney should address.

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9. Liz Williams

The government has trained consumers to read labels and to expect certain information on packaging. Companies should be allowed to inform the public through labeling if they produce a product that either contains something that the company believes that consumers want or does not contain something that consumers may want to avoid. If the claim is truthful, claiming that jelly contains no high fructose corn syrup should be no different legally than claiming that milk contains no rBST. A free-market policy would favor voluntary labeling--disclosing truthful information, giving consumers the ability to make an informed choice.

Liz Williams is president of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans.

10. J. Justin Wilson

Although both candidates are taking about health care reform in broad terms, there is one detail that I think warrants closer examination.

As we move closer to a single-payer health care system, the paternalistic argument that the government has a responsibility to “protect us from ourselves” has been replaced with an argument for cost-cutting. Now, many state and local policy makers are justifying greater regulation of the foods we eat and drink—like taxing soda, zoning fast food restaurants, or slapping warning labels on packaged foods—under the auspices of saving the health care system billions of dollars they attribute to obesity-related medical expenses—as if they actually cared about saving taxpayers money.

The trouble is that obesity—or the behaviors that contribute to it—is not a unique driver of health care costs.

J. Justin Wilson is senior research analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom.

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  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    CAPTION: "Looking about furtively to ensure no potential predators are in the vicinity, the She Wookie stoops to gather the succulent vegetables that makeup her family's diet."

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    (This caption sponsored by Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.)

  • Ice Nine||

    The females are easily distinguished by the yellow paws and the generally bulkier morphology.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Here we see Jim walking into a nest of pit vipers.

  • Jordan||

    Now you've done it. Concern trolls incoming!

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    Somebody need to buy the She Wookie a razor.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

  • Mr Whipple||

    I say, let them put more regulations on food. The more the better. I'll set up a web page on the Tor network Hidden Services, similar to the Silk Road, and sell black market food.

    The more regulations, taxes, laws and censorship, the more "regular people" will look for alternative markets. The underground economy will put pressure on, and possibly cause the mainstream economy to fail. At least, that's what Sam E Konkin III and Cypherpunk Tim May believed.

    They may have been right. Revolution through counter-economics. I just read an article that said the Silk Road now does $1.9 million worth of sales in one month. Yes, that's month. And it is much easier to acquire bitcoins, now with BitInstant.

  • Pro Libertate||

    The easiest solution is government-issued food.

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    After watching that video of Occutards in New York exclaiming how North Korean workers get a fair wage and Americans starve and burn in Republican hellfire by the septillions, I wouldn't put it past them.

  • Mr Whipple||

    The easiest solution is government-issued food.

    Please. Don't get my hopes up.

  • Robert||

    Food would be harder to hide than software or drugs, but easier to hide than many of the larger protected animal species or hemp plants.

  • Rich||

    federal food policies Obama and Romney should address

    The candidates should explain in detail exactly what the FDA does that justifies its existence.

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    There's no valid answer to that question, because its existence is unjustifiable.

    "Let me be clear. Libertard insurrectionist neo-Confederate militiamen would put squirrel shit and arsenic into your food if federal food regulators lay off. DON'T LET THE TERRORISTS WIN.c'

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    You forgot China.

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    Privet RPA! Long time no see!

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    Zdorova, druzhishe. How's your relocation going?

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    Horosho, spasibo. I leave the week after next. The process has been an eye-opening and incredible (and somewhat expensive) pain in the ass, and that is a massive understatement.

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    Yeah, I've helped a pal with the motions of opening a store in Kharkov. He had to bribe every bureaucrat we encountered and their mothers before they'd license him.

    Leaving permanently, or just going back and forth (still in the process of relocation)?

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    Blech! Tell me about it! The sad thing is the cost of dealing with bureaucrats there will still be cheaper than paying through the nose for the cost of business here, even with FATCA looking over my shoulder.

    It's permanent, but I will be coming back a couple of times a year for licensing requirements and family obligations. I am committed for at least two years, and if I like it, I will stay.

    I have a skype buddy who is trying to open Timberland store in Sankt-Peterburg, and he relays much of the same story you do, and he still hasn't gotten a bank loan yet after over a year and a half of navigating the application process. What kind of store?

  • Ice Nine||

    Yeah, so you pick your poison. After living in Panama for five years I can tell you that you will greatly appreciate the ability to make speeding tickets and the like go away with a ten-dollar bill (equivalent). The anarchy and inefficiency that it, writ large, engenders, not so much.

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    I had to pay 30 to 50 dollars every time the GAI (traffic cops) pulled me over, and they did it a lot. A foreign license plate is an "I've got Benjamins -- FLEECE ME" sign in those parts.

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    An ordinary, family-run convenience store -- sizable, but nothing too fancy. He and his wife had to sell about half of their souls to Satan to pay for what the local government referred to as "confirming that your suppliers are conducting their dealings with you legally", which basically amounted to a group of suits coming around every week demanding huge sums of money for various permits.

    And your friend really seems to be getting the shitty end of the stick there. The trick over there is to find the right banker, and if you do, you're set (as long as you pay your protection money).

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    Icy, I hears ya. I have already gotten the low down on that stuff. I know into what I am getting; I'll be in a pretty safe part of the country, and since physicians are in short supply there, I'll be pretty much left alone. -))

    RPA, he's, to put it bluntly, not connected with public relations, who oversee banking, which is why he is having such a hard time with the loan approval process.

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    Good God Man, we can't have Amish men going about in buggy-driving range selling (gasp!) raw milk. The Horror!!!

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    The Amish are a zealous hate group. By selling raw milk, they're protesting federal laws, which entails their being states' rights supporters, meaning they're segregationists and racists and homophobes and sexists. They probably read Mein Kampf, too!

    /SPLC

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  • Robert||

    Not only that, but anyone who understands Yiddish should be able to understand Pennsylvania "Dutch", although not always vice versa unless the Yiddish speaker chooses words carefully. And there's a fair number of Orthodox Jews and Amish living side by side in Rockland Co. NY.

  • Brett L||

    They probably read Mein Kampf, too!

    But only by oil lamp or candle.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    Me, I would love to see some legislation (or an amendment, I suppose) that jerks the "Interstate Commerce" clause back to some reasonable interpretation. Since that would probably invalidate about two thirds of the Federal government, it ain't gonna happen. But as long as we are wishing….

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    I wrote an amendment with several provisions, that being one of them. I wish someone would get it passed. /Pipe-dream

  • Jordan||

    I say just remove it altogether. There isn't anything you could put in its place that wouldn't be horribly perverted by pro-regressives. Interstate trade squabbles would be better than Leviathan.

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    Their belief is that whatever is not expressly prohibited to the government is within its powers. If we removed it altogether, shot would get real bad real fast.

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    Shit, too.

  • waxhouse||

    What is the fda good for? What would happen if we abolished the whole thing? Most of the food that has turned my health around has statements "not approved by the fda" ... namely kombucha and other probiotics.

  • tagtann||

    Dude is making all kinds of sense now man.

    www.Anon-Tipz.tk

  • juris imprudent||

    So when Mde Obama dispenses her dietary advice, doesn't the state bored of nutrition in NC have an interest in shutting her up?

  • شات عراقنا||

    thank you

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