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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Brits will have only themselves to blame if they don't embrace food freedom.
Undercover Animal Rights Investigation Snares Iowa State Senator Who Sponsored State's Unconstitutional Ag-Gag Law
If you think the worse thing you can do to a pig is kill it, footage from Rozenboom's farm will disabuse you of that notion.
This is just the latest petty development in what is an ugly, mostly partisan dance.
“I’ll pay whatever fine I have to, but I will never put calories on my menu,” says chef Wade Murphy.
The label changes include new font along with pointless and misleading information.
Texas is ignoring federal law to harass small farms.
Targeting CBD companies that make spurious health claims is one thing. Going after culinary experimentation is ridiculous.
Independent booze retailers are trying to stifle competition using arguments from Prohibition.
Vermont composting rules could kill off the state’s small poultry farmers.
No, but that's not stopping a litigious vegan from making his case.
Government has tilted the scales in milk's favor for so long that dairies forgot how to compete.
Confusing regulations put well-run businesses at the mercy of bureaucratic brutes.
Oklahomans who want to take advantage of the state’s cottage food law are finding some surprising obstacles in their way.
The ban targets upstate and international farmers and city restaurants alike.
New tariffs on E.U. goods mean we'll all pay more for tasty cheeses and delicious wines.
Warning labels on subjectively “unhealthy” food haven’t taken hold in this country. But they’ve swept through Latin America in recent years.
Bad laws can cause problems long after they've been passed and forgotten.
Campus food police are making inroads all over America
This is bending the Lanham Act until it nearly breaks
School lunches are unlikely to improve, whatever the lawsuit’s outcome.
An open immigration policy means letting people from anywhere work for whatever amount they want.
Massachusetts Voters May Finally Get a Chance To Repeal the State's Awful Cap on Beer and Wine Sales
For too long, state lawmakers have played favorites with booze laws. Will they finally let voters decide where they can buy?
Or maybe not. We probably need more research.
Running a restaurant is hard enough without government micromanagers trying to stir the pot.
What's in a name? Money, apparently.
The law is an ass, cleft and all.
The state's heavily regulated restaurant industry thinks beer gardens have it too easy
The moral arc of the universe is actually a squiggly line
Americans have long provided migrants with food and water. Why are we now treating that like a crime?
The state's food freedom law has been a boon to indie cooks and farmers, and an irritant to regulatory busybodies
As messy as things are, they could get uglier still.
The suit alleges that Houston's law violates elements of the First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments
“Neither de facto [GMO] bans nor mandatory labeling can be justified.”
New laws allow Americans to belly up to the asphalt buffet.
As the behest of agricultural lobbies, regulators around the world are making food marketing way more complicated than it needs to be.
Let the people pick berries!
For the children, of course