Baylen Linnekin is with Keep Food Legal and today we talk about Food Freedom
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About Keep Food Legal:
We Love Food
Do you love food? If you’re like us, you do. Maybe you love particular foods. Do your tastes skew toward artisan cheeses, wines, and meats? Do you live for flavorful organic vegetables sold by small farmers and producers? Or do you prefer street foods—tacos, barbecue, and the like? How about fast food? Or maybe fine dining? Or do you love some or all of the whole range of food options available across America today?
We Hate Food Bans
If you’re like us, you’ve probably also noticed that there are too many restrictions on our right to procure the foods we love, and that these restrictions are growing. At the local, state, and federal levels, elected officials and regulators have banned or are working to ban or severely restrict everything from traditional farm products (like raw milk and cheeses) and locavore-friendly farm practices (like on-farm animal slaughter and meat packaging), are seeking to prevent chefs from using common food ingredients (like salt, foie gras, and trans fats), and are looking to ban others from selling a variety of foods (including soda, energy drinks, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and giant pizza slices) or even to share foods (with the homeless or with fellow consumers).
Does all this regulation make your stomach growl, leave your palate dull, and make your blood boil? Us too. That’s why we founded Keep Food Legal (KFL).
KFL is the first nationwide membership organization devoted to food freedom—the right of every American to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods of their own choosing. KFL’s mission is to promote goodwill, fellowship, and a sense of common purpose among those who grow, raise, cook, and sell food—and those who buy and eat it. We want to unite people in the middle of the food chain (like grocers and restaurateurs) with people at both ends of the food chain (like producers, farmers, and consumers), and to use the power of this union to create a meaningful and lasting partnership between all links in the chain. KFL will thrive and be a non-partisan force for food choice and freedom by coalescing the food community—food and drink producers and sellers, chefs, home cooks, diners, foodies, grocers, bar owners, and restaurateurs.
KFL on the Issues
What are some of the issue KFL take on? The list is too long to print here, but these are some of our most important targets:
- KFL has advocated in favor of abolishing all agricultural subsidies and subsidized crop insurance. These subsidies distort prices and demand, cause environmental problems, and have likely played a large role in creating America’s obesity problem.
- KFL is working to defeat food regulations and bans which restrict food freedom. With few exceptions, the government has no right to tell people what we can and can’t eat.
- KFL will work—in legislatures and in the courts—to roll back bad ones already on the books.
One thing KFL will never do is advocate in favor of (or against) any particular foods or dietary choices. We believe strongly that adults should eat what they want (or what they and their doctor think is best for them). And we also believe that children should eat what they and their parents think is best for them. Government shouldn’t tell you what to eat, and neither should KFL.
Thank you Baylen for the wonderful interview. Remember, you can find out more at Keep Food Legal .org.