The Government vs. Your Food Freedom

Can the government really prohibit you from using your own property to feed your family? In the face of encroachments across the country, the Institute for Justice has begun an initiative to defend your food-related freedoms.

| Nov. 26, 2013

  • Tools in vegetable garden.
    The Food Freedom Initiative is challenging a ban on front-yard vegetable gardens in Miami Shores, Fla.
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  • Tools in vegetable garden.

A new national initiative launched by the Institute for Justice seeks to make sure the government stays out of some of the most personal decisions people make every day: what we eat and how we get our food. This nationwide campaign will bring property rights, economic liberty and free speech challenges to laws that dictate what Americans can grow, raise, eat or even talk about. Read an Associated Press feature on the National Food Freedom Initiative.

To kick off the initiative, the Institute for Justice (IJ) is filing three separate lawsuits challenging Miami Shores, Florida’s ban on front-yard vegetable gardens; Minnesota’s severe restrictions on home bakers, or “cottage food” producers; and Oregon’s ban on the advertisement of raw — or unpasteurized — milk. Each case demonstrates how real the need for food freedom is in every corner of the country.



“More and more, the government is demanding a seat at our dining room tables, attempting to dictate what we put on our plates, in our glasses and, ultimately, in our bodies,” said Michael Bindas, an IJ senior attorney who heads up the new initiative. “The National Food Freedom Initiative will end government’s meddlesome and unconstitutional interference in our food choices so that Americans can once again know true food freedom.”






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