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Should Food Sharing Be Illegal?

Food Sharing

Story at-a-glance -

  • More than 70 U.S. cities have passed or attempted to pass laws that make feeding the homeless a criminal offense
  • Josephine, a food start-up company that connects people with neighbors selling home-cooked meals, received a wave of cease-and-desist letters from various government officials
  • The system is set up to protect industrialized, centralized food production and distribution, while efforts to decentralize food are kept strictly under wraps

By Dr. Mercola

In 2014, 90-year-old World War II veteran Arnold Abbott was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for feeding the homeless. The city had recently passed a controversial ordinance that restricts where charitable groups can feed the homeless on public property.


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