Press Release

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of a Full Stomach: Consumer Group Offers Up Declaration of Food Independence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is beginning the Fourth of July revelry a day early by celebrating Americans’ fundamental right to control what they eat and drink. On July 4, 1776, when the Founding Farmers signed the Declaration of Independence they would have never dreamed anyone would someday attempt to strip the American people of their stomachs’ liberties. In response to the nagging “Food Cops” never-ending quest to curtail consumers’ unalienable rights, CCF is offering up its Declaration of Food Independence this year.

Read the full Declaration of Food Independence here:

The declaration reads in part as follows:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Consumers are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and whatever they choose to eat or drink in the pursuit of happiness. That whenever any menu meddlers become destructive of these ends, it is the right of Consumers to alter or abolish that relationship, organizing their powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations – including taxes, finger-waving, and misinformation – evinces a design to reduce the freedoms of responsible adults under dietary despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such tyrants. Such is now the necessity which impels us to alter our former tolerance of mealtime meddling. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid public:

  • The Humane Society of the United States, which shares less than one percent of its massive annual budget with hands-on animal shelters, has knowingly misled donors with deceptive advertisements suggesting the vegetarian activist group is affiliated with local pet shelters.
  • Nutrition zealots are trying to subvert traditional American beliefs about personal responsibility. Many such zealots argue the preposterous notion that foods affect people in the same way drugs do in the hope that it will encourage trial lawyers to sue our favorite foods out of existence.
  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed, against the will of New Yorkers and 70 percent of the American people, an “arbitrary and capricious” ban upon select large-sized drinks.
  • The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has moved to enact a Prohibition upon all our sweet beverages in the service of an anti-pleasure agenda.
  • The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity has conducted an endless war in states and towns across the country to bludgeon us with taxes and bans upon our favorite dinner options.
  • Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, and other gourmet activists are determined to make food production less efficient and more costly for everyone.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has campaigned furiously to stamp out one of children’s most valued liberties: the birthday cupcake.
  • Many activist groups design false food scares to push their hidden agendas. Offending organizations include, but are not limited to, the deceptively named Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the Environmental Working Group, and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

We therefore solemnly publish and declare that Consumers are, and ought to be, sovereign adults trusted to make their own food decisions. They have full power to eat, drink, and purchase without fear of harassment, violence, tyrannical taxes, “guilt trips,” or lawsuits.

It’s your food. It’s your drink. It’s your freedom.

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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