Keep Food Legal is making waves on a variety of national law and policy issues--including FDA regulation of caffeine and the ongoing debate over the costly Farm Bill.
Just a few days ago we were quoted in a good San Antonio Express-News article speaking out against a potential FDA caffeine crackdown--a shopworn game plan we've criticized before--and in favor of your right to eat and drink what you want.
While the article quoted senior FDA official Michael Taylor and regulatory advocate Marion Nestle in support of a crackdown, here's a bit of what we had to say:
"This is just the FDA overstepping its authority again and sticking its nose where it doesn't belong," Keep Food Legal executive director Baylen Linnekin.
"Certainly, excessive consumption of anything is a problem, and I'm not advocating for chewing caffeinated gum or drinking energy drinks or drinking soda," said Linnekin. "I'm simply advocating for the rights of adults to make those choices and make those choices, if they want to, for their children. I don't think it's appropriate for caffeinated products to be moved behind glass at the convenience store.”
And late last month, we joined with nearly 20 national conservative and libertarian groups in signing on to a letter urging House GOP members not to pass a bloated new Farm Bill.
While Keep Food Legal is non-partisan and welcomes members and supporters of all ideologies, we found it easy to agree with our fellow signatories that the proposed GOP House bill is "substantially worse on policy grounds than the legislation produced by the Democrat-controlled Senate."
House leadership didn't listen--passing the bill despite every Democrat in the House voting against the bill--but the widely panned House version of the Farm Bill now has little chance of becoming law thanks in part to our efforts.
If you support our tireless advocacy and status as the leading voice for food freedom in America, please consider donating to Keep Food Legal today.
Hi there! Are you one of the hundreds of new visitors to the Keep Food Legal website? Or maybe you haven't been here in a while? We'd love to take this opportunity to let you know more about what we do and what we've been up to recently.
Keep Food Legal is a nonpartisan, grassroots, member-supported 501(c)(4) nonprofit based in Washington, DC. Learn more about us (including information about Baylen Linnekin, the lawyer who founded and leads Keep Food Legal, and the group's fantastic board of directors) here.
Keep Food Legal advocates for food freedom. We define food freedom as your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, cook, eat, and drink the foods of your own choosing. We don't advocate in favor of any particular food choices. Why not? Because we want you to exercise your right to make those choices for yourself (and your family, if you have kids). You make the choices, we defend your right to make the choices.
Our day-to-day work involves four main prongs: advocacy, research, publishing, and outreach.
- We advocate in print, on TV, on radio, and through social media. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- We present our research at places like University of Chicago School of Law, Harvard University School of Law, the National Street Food Conference in San Francisco, and elsewhere. Check out our prior and upcoming presentations here.
- We write. A lot. From popular press articles, columns, and op-eds to more research-centered, academic writings, we've got a trove of publications that are available right at your fingertips.
- We engage in a great deal of outreach with individuals and groups across the political and ideological spectrum on a variety of issues.
Love the work we're doing to protect food freedom--from raw milk, farm freedom, and foie gras to food trucks, fast food, and Four Loko? Then please show your support by becoming a member of Keep Food Legal. Memberships, which right now fund 100% of our work, start at just $40.
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Today Keep Food Legal is launching our first-ever membership drive. We want you to join us!
As a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nationwide membership organization, Keep Food Legal's strength is our Members--people like you. Farmers. Chefs. Restaurateurs. Foodies. Gardeners. Brewers. Vintners. Grocers. Entrepreneurs. Home cooks. You.
Keep Food Legal is your united voice. Your advocate for culinary freedom at the local, state, and federal level. Join together by joining Keep Food Legal.
If you believe that every American should have the right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, cook, and eat the foods of their own choosing, then we urge you to join Keep Food Legal today.
Why join Keep Food Legal? Everyone who donates will receive our regular eNewsletter. Everyone who becomes a Member secures the right to vote in board elections. And if you donate at least $75, we'll even send you free stuff plastered with our spork logo.
What's it take to become an annual Member of Keep Food Legal? Just $40. Better still, you can earn "Founding Member" status by donating at least $100.
We've made donating easy. You can become a Member at our secure donation page by using either your credit card or by donating through PayPal. Heck, you can even contact us by email if you'd prefer to send a check via snail mail.
In any event, donating takes just a minute. Please join us today.
Keep Food Legal, the first and only nationwide membership organization devoted to culinary freedom, is a tax-exempt organization under IRS § 501(c)(4), and is incorporated as a nonprofit under Washington, DC law. Donations to § 501(c)(4) groups, including Keep Food Legal, are not tax deductible under IRS § 170(c)(2).
While your donation to Keep Food Legal is not tax-deductible, we like to think of your donation as tax-reductible. How's that? Well, because Keep Food Legal advocates against intrusive government regulations and subsidies pertaining to food, donating to Keep Food Legal could ultimately help to reduce government spending and taxes. Hence, a tax reductible donation.
Still haven't joined and become a Member? If you need more information, you can read Keep Food Legal's mission statement here, and learn more about founder and executive director Baylen Linnekin and the awesome Keep Food Legal board of directors here. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and check us out on Facebook here. Read Baylen Linnekin's publications--including his recent Reason magazine piece on food trucks--here, and keep up with his speaking schedule here. Have questions, comments, ideas, or suggestions? Want to help out as a volunteer or host a fundraiser? Contact us here.