On August 12, 2011 as the movement towards natural and organic foods grow the fundamental right to produce food of your own choice was attacked in State of Wisconsin. To quote the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund requested clarification of the court’s decision:
1) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;
2) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;
3) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to board their cow at the farm of a farmer;
4) no, the Zinniker Plaintiffs’ private contract does not fall outside the scope of the State’s police power;
5) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume foods of their choice;
America is believed to be a consumer driven capitalist society based on the concepts of individual freedom, but this is an attack to the very heart of such a concept. Food is a basic right of survival, and the state has assumed the right to dictate who has the right to produce what kind of food. Is this just a reason to collect taxes and fees from farmers? An attempt to dictate the diets of the citizens (control has been creating nutrition deficiency without hunger)? An attempt to protect corporate farms and food production from small farms (fascism)? Or is it all of the above?
Our rights as dictated since day one revolve around the concept of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (originally, the right to property, meaning right to own and do with as you wish). If we can not feed ourselves and each other under own dictates that is a direct attack on life itself. How far will the dictations of our governments go?
Part of the answer is Codex Alimentarius, which is the international regulations of food safety and production standards from the UN and WHO. Again, another lose of sovereignty with blanket regulations without taking into consideration local needs or issues. It claims to be voluntary, but why are all major governments falling in line under these regulations? Global governance has come to our kitchens.