Judge Says Our Food Choice Is Not a Fundamental Right

Posted on Oct 12 2011 - 2:04am by Mike Lieberman

When I asked about what food news has caught your attention, most people mentioned the cantaloupe listeria outbreak.

One person, David Csonka, mentioned a story from Food Renegade that no one else did called Is Your Choice of Food a Fundamental Right?.

I’m surprised that this one didn’t get more attention.

There was a court decision in Wisconsin where Judge Patrick J Fiedler said that we do not have a fundamental right to consume the food you grow or raise.

His words were:

“no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;”
“no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;”
“no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice”
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He is saying that we don’t have the right to grow and/or raise our own food to consume. I would somewhat understand if he was talking about selling that food, but he’s not. That’s what makes this ridiculous.

This is not an issue about being Democrat or Republican. It’s an issue about saying that we as humans and Americans do not have a right to grow and consume our own food.

I’m not sure about what this ruling means and what is going to happen. I just wanted to bring it to your attention and get some discussion going around it.

I thought getting fined for growing too much food was a bit much, but this definitely supersedes that one.

Here are my thoughts – I say screw Judge Fiedler and what he has to say. I’m going to continue to grow my own food. I might even get some miniature cows and goats for my balcony garden too.

What are your thoughts on this? Is your food choice and being able to grow and consume your own food a fundamental right?

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