Illinois Tackles Food Freedom
Growing your own vegetables is, apparently, a subversive act that many local governments aggressively try to prevent. That’s changed in Florida, where the legislature passed a law protecting people’s right to cultivate gardens.
Now, something similar may happen in Illinois. As the Institute for Justice notes:
…the Illinois Vegetable Garden Protection Act (HB 633), which would preserve and protect the right of all Illinoisans to “cultivate vegetable gardens on their own property, or on the property of another with the permission of the owner, in any county, municipality, or other political subdivision of this state.”
The Institute says such legislation is an expansion of “food freedom,” which has become a big issue for some in the liberty movement:
Just about a year ago, as fears of the COVID-19 pandemic took hold nationwide, many Americans developed grave concerns about the weaknesses in our nation’s food-supply chain as grocery stores rationed purchases and shelves grew depleted. If we’ve learned anything from the past twelve months, it’s that the ability to grow food is not just a right—for many, it is a necessity.
Let a million garden plots grow…for liberty.
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