Saturday, December 13, 2008

FA/RM

By Diana Hsieh

I'm delighted to report that Dr. Monica Hughes recently launched Free Agriculture - Restore Markets (FA/RM) -- a new organization devoted to promoting "agricultural and health policies based solely on the principles of individual rights." Check out the web site including the goals of the organization, opportunities for activism, and readings on rights. Also, be sure to bookmark the blog.

Until quite recently, I was almost entirely ignorant of the nature and extent of the government controls on agriculture and food production. Sure, I'd heard vague tidbits here and there, but I didn't realize the breadth and depth of the sheer insanity until I began doing just a wee bit of digging for myself, often with Monica's help.

The simple fact is that the pursuit of one's life, health, and happiness requires a government that respects and upholds the rights of property and contract in all aspects of food production, distribution, and consumption. We have nothing of the sort in America today. The rights of individuals (i.e. producers and consumers) are utterly disregarded by the state -- often in ways that border on a police state (e.g. see here, here, and here). The growing alarming about "carbon emissions" threatens to unleash even more life-threatening statist controls. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Our daily sustenance is in peril.

Visit FA/RM for more.

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