Reason Foundation Senior Fellow Baylen Linnekin is a food lawyer, scholar, and adjunct law professor. He's the author of Biting the Hands That Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable (Island Press 2016). Linnekin serves on the board of directors of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
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A 2019 court ruling has begun to force Dutch farmers out of business—by design.
Is it good public health policy to deny charity to people experiencing homelessness?
Warning diners that red meat is bad for the environment is yet another attempt to socially engineer food choices.
Compliance could prove impossibly expensive for independent food sellers.
The city has not yet announced whether it will fight the order in court.
The federal government continues to be very bad at telling people what and how to eat.
The war on animal food products continues to pick up adherents in Europe.
Backyard chickens are slowly making headway, but not without tradeoffs.
Alcohol-related ballot measures were in play in several states last week. The results were lukewarm.
It's an expensive policy with little upside.
No one is confused about whether Tofurky is turkey.
The ordinance governing how food can be shared is designed to make it next to impossible to share food.
Hundred Acre's lawsuit alleges heavy-handed and extralegal enforcement by county environmental regulators.
Plaintiffs want the nanny state to nanny harder.
No new, interesting, or helpful food policies are coming from this administration.
The restrictions are clearly intended to crush breweries in order to protect restaurants.
Haarlem lawmakers claim the ban will help fight climate change.
The community fridge is a civic model that regulators should encourage, not seek to shut down.
Denver blames food trucks for late night chaos, while a city councilman in Alabama says he straight up wants to protect restaurants.
Animals are property, and property rights matter.
Multiple state agencies told Sheriff Randy ‘Country’ Seal that he had no right to collect taxes from a rancher in his parish. He sued anyway.
Asking America's agriculture industry to stand on its own two feet remains a third rail in American politics.
Several dozen NYC residents want to repeal the regulations allowing outdoor dining in the city.
The FDA has effectively thrown up its hands over its most important food-related role.
New rules from the state alcohol control board could grind breweries into insolvency.
Atlanta, Sioux Center, and too many other cities and towns are still treating food trucks like second-class businesses.
Regulators are setting their sights on ghost kitchens and virtual restaurants.
Regulatory uncertainty is keeping the seaweed market from reaching its full potential.
The Parkers filed their lawsuit under Maine’s new ‘right-to-food’ constitutional amendment.
New GMO rules are a good break from the E.U., but they don't go far enough.
The central planning of America's public school lunch menus has been a disaster.
Food companies don't determine what parents put in their shopping carts.
DxE's dumb stunts threaten to overshadow their investigatory work.
Among experts on food safety, the consensus is that the FDA's food division isn't functional.
Proposition 12 threatens the national food economy.
A cost-efficient and humane method for processing rabbit meat is preferable to the state's current system.
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The substitution effect is real.