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Why Aren't Liberals Standing up for Food Rights?

The US ranks with Cuba and North Korea for coming down on its smallest farms harshly for following the centuries-old tradition of selling food privately to friends and neighbors.

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The struggle to retain freedom of choice about the foods we put into our bodies should be a fundamental civil right, with sensibly scaled food safety protections in place. What it shouldn’t be is another in a long list of ideological issues between liberals and conservatives. As Retberg suggests it is, at its heart, about community rather than politics and corporate protectionism.

David E. Gumpert is author of  Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat . He writes for Modern Farmer, Food Safety News, and other publications. His blog is

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