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Freedom of Choice Means Freedom to Choose What We Eat

“…can individual choice survive when the agents of government raise their sights against a minority practicing their beliefs?”

In his book, The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights, author David E. Gumpert doesn’t just examine the issue of raw milk. He pulls back and looks at the greater issues of food safety and government interference in personal choice.

From TreeHugger:

Thomas Jefferson said “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” But in the modern age, it is the flow of money, rather than blood, which mainly determines the outcome of questions of freedom versus bureaucracy. David E. Gumpert raises the curtain on the workings of state and federal agencies responding to what seems a simple question: should American citizens be allowed the personal freedom to choose to drink raw milk?

It seems like the founding fathers would make easy work of that one: an individual makes a fully informed decision, choosing to accept certain risks in return for what they believe to be yet greater benefits, which can in no way do harm to any other person. Is that not the very definition of individual liberty? What Gumpert reveals will make you question the very premise upon which the United States of America is founded.

A Compelling Story

Isn’t it curious that at this juncture in our culture’s evolution, we collectively believe Twinkies, Lucky Charms and Coca-Cola are safe foods, but compost-grown organic tomatoes and raw milk are not?

from the forward, by Joel Salatin

I entered this book expecting a treatise whose pages would be turned only by a compelling curiosity on the issue of raw milk. Instead, I found 228 pages packed with interesting and personal stories, knit together by an overarching philosophical question: can individual choice survive when the agents of government raise their sights against a minority practicing their beliefs?

David E. Gumpert’s journalistic credentials include work for BusinessWeek.com, the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. He has followed the evolution of the Raw Milk Revolution up close and personally on his website The Complete Patient. His professionalism and depth of knowledge permit him to bring the facts and explanations regarding raw milk in America to light with no hysteria and little hype.

Read the whole article here.

 

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