Obama Administration: Americans “Do Not Have A Fundamental Right To Obtain Any Food They Wish”
Right. I mean, what do you think this is? A free country?
Attorneys for the federal government have argued in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Iowa that individuals have no “fundamental right” to obtain what food they choose.
The brief was filed April 26 in support of a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on the interstate sale of raw milk.
“There is no ‘deeply rooted’ historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds,” states the document signed by U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose, assistant Martha Fagg and Roger Gural, trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.
“Plaintiffs’ assertion of a ‘fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families’ is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish,” the government has argued.
Granted, this lawsuit is about raw milk specifically, but with the FDA pushing to regulate salt intake and an Obama administration task force suggesting that state and federal government use taxes and regulations to manipulate what and how much Americans eat, it’s a scary argument.
If they can ban the sale of raw milk because it’s not good for us, then why can’t they ban cheeseburgers or salt or soda because it’s also bad for us?
The government knows best, I guess, even when it comes to what we eat.
Meanwhile, Heinz is changing its famous ketchup recipe to lower salt content in the face of increasing government pressure.
Update: Here’s a thought. If Americans dont’ have a “fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health” then whither these “abortion rights” liberals are always on about?Tags: Barack Obama, food, heinz, ketchup, nanny statism, obesity, raw milk