Florida Inmate Claims Soy Diet is Cruel and Unusual Punishment

A Florida Inmate has sued the Department of Corrections, arguing that his prison’s diet consisting of processed and blended soy and poultry-based turkey dogs and sloppy joes constitute cruel and unusual punishment!

The inmate (Eric D. Harris) is serving a life sentence for sexual battery on a child, said that soy in his prison food has caused him painful gastrointestinal cramping and threaten the health of his thyroid and immune systems.

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According to the Department of Corrections, Florida prisons serve meals with 50 percent soy and 50 percent poultry three times a day, a mixture that costs half as much as using beef and pork.

Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections told the New York Times that inmates can choose an alternative vegan meal if they do not want soy. “We have a constitutional obligation to feed them healthy, nutritious food, but we don’t have an obligation to feed them beef,” she said.

Harris’ legal fees are being paid by the Weston A. Price Foundation, an anti-soy lobby group that promotes the consumption of meat and dairy products.

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