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?

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