Monday, July 11, 2011

Should the FDA Be Able to Choose Our Foods For Us?

by Kate Collins

Are you concerned about the amount of junk food available to children? I am. I have seen the progression of children going from slender and active to obese and sluggish, in both physical and mental abilities. And yet the FDA would rather ban our access to natural foods. As always, I follow the money, and that trail leads to the big food processors, who have powerful lobbyists.

I thought the following news item was worth printing as an example of how much freedom we’ve lost, as far as our freedom to choose what we eat. This is from the website, and the emphases are mine:

“On May 16th, Representative Ron Paul asked,

"If we are not even free anymore to decide something as basic as what we wish to eat or drink, how much freedom do we really have left?"

Paul was talking about the FDA ban on the interstate sale of raw milk for human consumption — milk that has not been pasteurized. The ban began in 1987, but the FDA didn't really begin enforcing it seriously until 2006 -- when the government began sting operations and armed raids of dairy farmers and their willing customers.

The New American reports:

"Even if the FDA were correct in its assertions about the dangers of raw milk, its prohibition on interstate raw milk sales would still be, as Paul termed it, 'an unconstitutional misapplication of the commerce clause for legislative ends' ...

Saying he is 'outraged' by the FDA's raids on peaceful dairy farmers and their customers, Paul has introduced legislation ... 'to allow the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines,' in effect reversing the FDA's unconstitutional ban on such sales."

The "Food Safety Modernization Act" that was enacted earlier this year gives the FDA almost unlimited authority to decide if food is harmful, even without credible evidence. But farmers who have been persecuted by the FDA for selling raw milk, like Amish Farmer Dan Allgyer, are not backing down. Allgyer's case is going to court.

Citizens are irate that the FDA allows damaging junk food, but prevents people from making an educated, informed food choice in purchasing raw grass-fed milk.

According to the Washington Times, Attorney Jonathan Emord, who has defeated the FDA in court eight times, is focusing on the deeper issues that this case stems from. Emord says:

"We would not be here today were it not for the fact that over the past seventy-five years, the Congress of the United States has delegated away to some 230 independent regulatory commissions the power to make law, the power to execute the law, and the power to judge law violation. That delegation of governing power from Congress to the unelected heads of the regulatory agencies violates the Constitution, which vests exclusively in Congress the obligation to make law".

I’m not arguing the issue of raw milk, which my mom and her siblings always drank raw from their farm cows, I’m arguing that we should have the freedom to choose what we eat, whether at our own risk or being informed of the risks. The power to decide should not be delegated to the FDA, who does not have our best interests at heart.

What do you think?


Aurian said...

I think you are right. I have no idea if such laws excist in Holland. I do know when driving through the country, you often see signs with milk, eggs, onions, fruits etcetera for sale at farms.

Barbara said...

Where I live in northeast PA, there used to be many dairy farms. Now there are few because of gov't. controls on milk prices. The dairy farmers were forced out because it costs more to produce the milk than the farmer can possibly make in income. That's what upsets everyone in my area.

Mare F said...

I have your back all the way on this one. I am an intelligent adult and I am offended that the government choses to treat me in a manner which questions both my competency and my judgement. I think they have bigger issues to worry about than than my dietary habits. Hmmm, I seem to be a bit more irritated by this topic than I'd thought.

Anonymous said...

As a dyed in the wool conservative and a tea party activist, I say RIGHT ON. I agree with you. My dietary habits are my business. I'm tired of the government having its grubby fingers in everything!

Prairiedog said...

I guess it's a free country and you have choices, and the raw milk issue is touchy. Yes, from an Amish with no chemicals, or organic farmers, etc. it would maybe be okay. We drank raw milk, my kids did as infants, we were dairy farmers. But, now as adults my 5 kids all have developed allergies, don't know if it is from that or exposure to other chemicals, or what. My hubby and I have no allergies, so?? We've heard potatoes would be removed from the school lunch program, huh? We had a grandson's girlfriend here Sat., and when we ate fresh fish from the river, she took one 2x2" piece and half a small red potato, that's all she ate. She doesn't want to gain weight. Not all kids are obese, not her!!

Debra said...

I think Ron Paul and is son Rand Paul are not serious people. I'm old enough to know the "good old days" when you could run your business without govenrment oversight, were not so good if you were an African-American or a woman. As a proud liberal Democrat, I do not want government time and energy spent on these issues instead of, for instance raising the minimum wage or a WPA jobs program. The Pauls believe the government should not have "interfered" and passed the Civil Rights laws. I spent summers in the South and was not allowed to swim in public pools or attend fairs because I am Black.

If you don't want your kids to eat junk food, don't buy it and turn off the tv and game system.

Kate Collins said...

Kate wanted to let you all know that her Internet has been down because of a bad storm knocking out her power today. She'll be back on as soon as she can be!

ev said...

I think that we have too many laws governing our every move and it needs to stop. Everytime someone gets a paper cut, someone has to have legislation to make sure the next person is protected. Some laws are good, some are common sense and most we need to stand up and tell them what dickheads they are being.

Sarita said...

Most of our food is grown here on the farm--and I'm so glad!

Anonymous said...

I know this is technically junk food, but the FDA (with the border patrol people) have started cracking down on the transport of Kinder eggs (hollow chocolate eggs with a plastic egg--too big to choke on by the way--with a toy inside it) because according to the law of the land little ones can choke on the plastic toy. Yep, that's our tax dollars at work. It's good to know we aren't in a budget, deficit, or debt crisis right now needing the money to go to something actually important! Oh, wait! We are in a debt crisis. And the FDA has enough time, money, and workers to waste on enforcing things like this (and don't even get me started on their persecution of walnut distributers for even suggesting the Omega-3s in them are healthy).