Food Policy

Baylen Linnekin on the Battle for Food Freedom

A new Institute for Justice report on food freedom, which I co-authored, makes clear that your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want is under attack.


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Is food freedom—your right to grow raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods of your own choosing—really under attack?

Indeed it is. And it's not just that federal, state, and local governments have intruded on your right to eat what you want. It's that the growers, the producers, and the sellers of food often face senseless and insurmountable regulatory obstacles.

"Far too often, the twin assault on economic liberty and food freedom is motivated by the twin evils of economic protectionism and paternalism," writes Michael Bindas, who leads IJ's food freedom project.

In The Attack on Food Freedom, co-authors Baylen Linnekin and Michael Bachmann make the case that the government is serving up unpalatable food regulation to the American people. Hopefully, the report will spur legislators, regulators and courts at all levels of government and people from all political, ideological, and dietary perspectives to recognize the importance of food freedom, writes Linnekin.