Food Freedom

Food freedom is a consumer and producer issue. As a consumer, having the freedom to choose the food you want to eat, from the producers you trust, is huge. Despite the thousands or millions of choices you see at the grocery store, the truth is, it’s a highly regulated and centralized set of choices. On the flip side, as a producer, having the freedom to produce food for your family and community in ways that you deem best, is getting harder and harder, and even dangerous for some.

It’s All About Individual Choices

The growth of CSAs, farmers markets, and interest in grass-fed meat is wonderful! It’s helping increase food freedom. Making the choice to go organic and sustainable as a consumer or producer is not easy. It comes with a lot of compromise and extra cost on both ends. Which results in limited choices for consumers and limited markets for producers. As more people make the choice to produce and consume within organic and sustainable markets, choices will increase and cost will decrease. Duh! Economics! But there is a third party inserting itself more and more violently into these choices: the government.

But It’s Easier With A Partner

Good news. There is a partner in this fight. The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) is an organization I learned about (and promptly became a member of) last spring. From their website:

The FTCLDF protects the rights of farmers and consumers to engage in direct commerce; it protects the rights of farmers to sell the products of the farm and the rights of consumers to access the foods of their choice from the source of their choice. FTCLDF is a true grassroots organization and receives no government funding and little or no corporate funding.

No matter where you are on the food sourcing scale, whether you are transitioning from grocery stores to farmers markers; are all about Coke products, McDonald’s and Cheetos; or get all your food from your backyard, I hope you consider supporting the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. If you are a producer, they are an amazing resource for you. If you are a consumer, especially a consumer of farm products, they make sure your farmers are protected. If nothing else, they are fighting for liberty in the arena of basic human needs.

Do What You Can

Do what you can in the fight for food freedom: donate, become a member, educate yourself, or just spread the word. And keep making the best choices you can for yourself and your family.