Should people be allowed to eat food that hasn't been government approved? A couple of towns in Maine seem to think so.
On Saturday morning, Sedgwick became likely the first locale in the country to pass a "Food Sovereignty" law. It's the proposed ordinance I first described last fall, when I introduced the "Five Musketeers", a group of farmers and consumers intent on pushing back against overly aggressive state food regulators. The regulators were interfering with farmers who, for example, took chickens to a neighbor for slaughtering, or who sold raw milk directly to consumers. [source]Do I have the right to drink milk from a cow that hasn't been boiled in the proper government-approved manner (the milk, not the cow)? Not according to the FDA, the FBI and guys who like to dress up in body armor, carry assault weapons and shoot puppies.
OK, I don't live in the US but the EU also has it's own perverse fascination with regulating food, although I've not heard of any country using assault rifles to enforce these rules (but it wouldn't surprise me, "Mistakes were made.").