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The Politics of Food

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You may not realize it yet, but you do not have the legal right to grow and eat anything that you want, and food has become a very complex issue. However, this right was not lost overnight, because originally food was not political. Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution would have included agriculture if any of the founding members or later leaders believed that the government had any say in the matter. Our relatively young food "industry" was still safe in the 1920s, when President Coolidge vetoed a complex price-fixing bill for various crops. He said, "I do not believe that upon serious consideration the farmers of America would tolerate the precedent of a body of men chosen solely by one industry who, acting in the name of the Government, shall arrange for contracts which determine prices...Such action would establish bureaucracy on such a scale as to dominate not only the economic life but the moral, social, and political future of our people."

These politics of food he meant to avoid, however, is now a staple of most of the food industry legislation in America....

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Comment by Ed Vallejo
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You may not realize it yet, but you do not have the legal right to TELL ME WHAT I CAN OR CANNOT DO, I DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE. I don't care what your name is, what color you are, where you come from, or who sent you. I don't care how many of you there are, and I don't care if I die in the process of STOPPING YOU from telling me anything. The end of this road is in sight, and there is NO fork... Molon Labe.

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