Greetings, fellow Agitator fans. I’m Baylen Linnekin, a lawyer (and holder of an advanced degree in agricultural and food law) who founded and leads the Washington, DC-based grassroots food freedom nonprofit Keep Food Legal. We advocate on behalf of our members (hint!) and supporters for the rights of everyone to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods of their own choosing. But we take an “eat and let eat” attitude in that we don’t advocate for any particular food choices. In that vein, we’ve fought for the rights of raw milk and Four Loko drinkers, food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants, and home gardeners and foie gras farmers alike.
My writing on food and food law has appeared in nerdy places (Chapman University Law Review, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Journal of Wine Economics, and the forthcoming second edition of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America) and slightly hipper spaces like Reason (where I write a weekly online food-law column), the Huffington Post, and Baltimore Sun. You can read a lengthier bio and learn more about me (including my Keep Food Legal-related publications and speaking appearances) and our great board at our website.
Longtime Agitator readers may note this is my second guestblogging stint here. Longtime participants in The Agitator fantasy football league should also recall me as the guy who demolishes their foolish dreams of victory on what must now seem like an annual basis. (My secret to achieving multi-time winner status in The Agitator fantasy football league has been my savvy drafting of Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback of his generation.)
Given my focus on food and food law (and since my price of guestblogging admission here was a promise to keep the New England Patriots hagiography to a minimum), I’ll be focusing this week on the prevalence of lousy food laws and regulations.
If you’d like to check out my latest online Reason column (on what I call the “food-safety fallacy”), you can do so here. If you’re blessed with free time, you can thumb through my Reason archives (including columns, online and print articles, and guestblogging stints) here.
One final note: Thanks to Radley for the invitation to hang out here with all of you and this great group of fellow guestbloggers. And best wishes to Radley as he writes his book, which I’m very excited to read.