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6. Best Bet for Victory in 2013
Based on my reading of California’s foie gras ban, the lawsuit challenging the ban should be a slam dunk for supporters of food freedom. And, depending on how the case is argued and won, victory in the foie gras case could resonate across the country.
7. Best Column
James King of the Village Voice deserves credit for penning a great column in which he lays waste to the offensive and idiotic name-calling of a Gawker blogger who rants against opponents of Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban.
8. Best Conference
The Institute for Justice Clinic for Entrepreneurship at University of Chicago School of Law hosted a fantastic conference earlier this year in support of the rights of food truck operators in the city. The My Streets My Eats conference, held in a city with some of the nation’s worst food truck laws, featured some of the most knowledgeable speakers on food truck issues from around the country, along with great food provided by the city’s food trucks. I was fortunate to take part in the conference. In a welcome sign of the conference’s importance and impact, IJ eventually sued the city of Chicago over its lousy food truck rules in a lawsuit that is still ongoing.
9. Best Use of Social Media
Within days of the USDA’s new school lunch rules debuting in August, students around the country were in open revolt. They challenged the quality, cost, and—particularly—the quantity of food they were being served under the new rules. One group of students in Kansas captured the problems with new rules in a viral YouTube video, We Are Hungry. More than a million views later, the video had helped to change the USDA’s policy, which has been modified and will now permit students to eat more food.
10. My Greatest Flub
While other readers might be quick to point out a mistake I made in one of my columns this year, looking over my own columns I think the most obvious occurs where I direct readers in a piece on California’s foie gras ban to read “the ‘Bird Feeding Law’ (the official name of the ‘foie gras ban’).” That would be nice and useful were it not for the fact the law is actually titled “Force Fed Birds.”