Friday Links: Who Is The Government Really Working For?
The Government-Industry Revolving Door Continues
Food Freedom – ‘No Food Rights’ Judge quits to work for Monsanto law firm
Recently, Wisconsin Judge Patrick Fiedler ruled that citizens:
- “Do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;”
- “Do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;”
- “Do not have a fundamental right to board their cow at the farm of a farmer;”
- “Do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice;” and
- Cannot enter into private contracts “outside the scope of the State’s police power.”
Basically, the government holds the power to tell you what you can and can’t eat. Well, that ought to pretty well solidfy whose side the government is on, but to make it even better, Mr. Fiedler quit his job as a judge to go work for the law firm that defends Monsanto.
The government is regularly eroding our rights, the choice of what food to eat being what I’d consider one of the most fundamental of “inalienable rights”. And, if you have been watching, you’ve seen the USDA get stacked with biotech-friendly former industry insiders, which is only further working hard to stack the food system against small farmers and consumers.
You Are Free To Buy Any Food…As Long As We Say So
Mises.org – The Freedom to Buy and Sell Raw Milk
This is another interesting article into the armed FDA raids over the dangerous substance known as cocai…wait, sorry, I meant milk.
The fear mongering over the dangers of raw milk is rooted in government–special interest propaganda with no basis in facts or science. In the interest of alarming the populace, the prohibition campaign has portrayed the decision to drink raw milk as a public danger rather than a personal choice.
I don’t drink raw milk (or any milk, for that matter), but I support anyone’s decision to choose what they want to put into their body.
Scare Or Inform?
Des Moines Register – State Department: Biotech labeling would scare consumers
“If you label something there’s an implication there’s something wrong with it,” said Fernandez, speaking on a panel organized by CropLife International, a group that represents Monsanto, DuPont and other biotech giants.
Of course, what’s really going on is all of the bio-tech boosters that are in the USDA are opposing free-market principles, one of the key ones being that consumers have knowledge of what they’re buying. They don’t want you to know, because they you might choose not to purchase those products.
It’s really funny because you’d be hard-pressed to find any issue that 90+% of Americans agree on. But labeling of GMO products is one thing that we’re nearly unanimous on (results of numerous GMO surveys). Don’t worry though…the government is on the side of “we the people,” right?
Denmark Taxes Eggs, Butter, And Avocados
Food Renegade – A Tax On Saturated Fat
The country of Denmark recently passed a tax on all foods containing more than 2.3% saturated fat. Naturally, many healthy, whole foods made the list of taxable foods, including: avocados, butter from grass-fed cows, eggs from hens raised on pasture, and coconut oil.
Yikes! The newest tax charges the equivalent of $1.29 per pound on all foods that contain above the restricted amount of saturated fat.
Okay, for starters, let’s just go ahead and ignore the misguided vendetta against saturated fat. Let’s instead look at what is indeed a slippery slope. Last year, Denmark added a 25% tax to chocolate, ice cream, and sweets. Now they’ve levied a tax on other supposedly unhealthy foods based on one nutrient. And where does it end?
I’m not even down with taxing soft drinks because I see where it leads. The last thing we need is the government involved in nutrition anymore than it already is. And we’ve seen where that leads us.
I’ve been saying it for years: Eat Real Food. If you do that, you don’t need to worry about carbs and calories and saturated fat and whatever other good or bad nutrient the mainstream decides you need to develop a neurosis over.
Your turn…sound off about whatever (of relevance) is on your mind this week.