Why Is Safe Food Not A Human Right?

At the turn of the 20th century, food was an unregulated wilderness. Anyone could package anything and sell it, whether it was wholesome, toxic, poisonous, or merely dubious; you could package up some cocaine and morphine in a jar and call it a tonic, sell tomatoes picked by farmhands with hepatitis-covered hands, and market poison […]

Whither the FDA?

In the last few years, the United States has witnessed a number of severe outbreaks of food-borne illness, some of which resulted in deaths. Many originated on single farms with products that quickly spread through the food supply, thanks to the highly distributed nature of the food system in the United States; grow peanuts in […]

How Dare the FDA Do Its Job!

The origins of the Food and Drug Administration lie in a sort of wild West of unregulated medical practice, a world where anything could be slapped in a bottle and called a tonic, even if it killed people, where no regulations existed to protect food products, where people could merrily push contaminated cheese and whatever […]