Do we have the fundamental right to choose what we eat? Yes! We can all agree with this right? Well, I sure wish that were true that we could all agree on that but we don’t. Many believe that government entities like the USDA and the FDA know better than we do. We were able to get a Food Freedom Bill passed this past legislative session in our state of Wyoming. I know that many of you have no idea what that even means and you are not alone. Food Freedom is a movement that advocates for the right to choose your own food from the producer or farmer without the imposed regulations of government standards. Decentralize, grow your own and buy local. This movement has been around for many years but, has really gained traction in the past few years with the acknowledgement of gluten intolerance, Celiac disease, numerous other food allergies and the public becoming aware of the dangers of GMO’s. We’ve come “a long way baby” but we have a long way to go to change the culture of getting our food from corporate farms to eating good wholesome food grown the way nature intended. There is a trend toward eating healthier but so many are uninformed and frankly just don’t want to be bothered with it that the government entities tasked with keeping our food supply safe has taken the responsibility up on themselves to decide what we can and cannot eat and where and where we cannot buy our food deemed safe or unsafe for us to eat. As informed consumers it is our responsibility to decide for ourselves. This fight has been debated for 35 years here in the state of Wyoming of all places. It’s incomprehensible to me that we have been so indoctrinated into thinking it was somebody else’s responsibility, namely the Department of Agriculture’s that this fight has raged so long. We can now legally purchase food directly from the producer to the consumer and take the responsibility up on ourselves again. If the attorney general has his way and the minions in power it will be short lived. Wake up Wyoming! There are some very bright spots on the horizon though. Wyoming PBS has done a great documentary series on the people on the front lines of agriculture. The Farm to Fork series is worth taking the time to look at. It’s very exciting to see the efforts our fellow citizens are making to produce quality products in our state. The school lunch pilot program implemented in the Big Horn elementary school lunch program is admirable. These people are implementing and thinking about the future in a way we should all be looking at and trying to emulate. We have the resources and ability we just need desire, input and dedication to take responsibility for our own community and lives. Here is a link to the series on the Big Horn lunch programhttp://video.wyomingpbs.org/video/2365350032/.
Kudos to Stephanie the PBS reporter on this endeavor, it’s really an incredible series.