bill-swift - November 18, 2015
When one is traveling overseas one of the best ways to experience the local culture is through their food. Every country has a national dish and while you can sometimes get that meal here in the U.S., it is usually not very authentic. Take Scotland's national dish, Haggis. It has been illegal to make haggis here in the United States to true haggis standards since 1971. That is due in part to the USDA not allowing the sale of animal lungs to use in food, a key ingredient in haggis. For those of you who don't know, haggis is a Scottish dish in which organ meat, lamb, and barley are cooked inside a sheep's stomach. Well, now the FDA and other regulatory agencies are lifting the ban and haggis can be sold in the U.S. starting in 2017. Yum. I've tried haggis and while it is an acquired taste, it still should be legal to eat.
I'm no libertarian, but I don't think the government should be able to tell us we can't eat something. If I want to get mad cow disease or cholera, I should have that right as an American, goddamnit!
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