|The Weston A. Price Foundation
|Contact: Kimberly Hartke, Publicist
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Farmers and Consumers Declare Their Independence at Birthday Bash for Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
ARLINGTON, VA, June 22, 2008–The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund will celebrate important legal victories in the battle for farmers’ rights with an on-farm picnic on their first birthday, which they share with our nation’s birthday, July 4.
Launched on July 4, 2007, the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund defends the constitutional right of the nation’s family farms to provide raw milk and other farm foods directly to consumers. The Fund is modeled after the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been successful in defending the rights of parents to home school.
General Counsel Gary Cox and the Fund’s legal team are currently engaged in defending farmers in California, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Fund attorneys are also involved in drafting state and national legislation, plus assisting farmers in starting up 2-3 legal outlets for raw milk a week. Family farmers who need legal defense can call the Fund on a 24-hour legal hotline.
The Fund’s first birthday celebration will take place on July 4, 2008 at Meadow Breeze Farm in Christiana, Pennsylvania. The farm practices traditional pasture-based agricultural methods.
State Senator Mike Folmer (R), a friend to the embattled raw dairy industry in Pennsylvania, will be among those speaking at the event. Senator Folmer is working to insure that farmers can produce and sell directly to consumers, foods of their choice, without a permit. Current Pennsylvania law does not allow the sale of ancillary raw dairy products, such as butter, cream, or yogurt, in spite of keen consumer interest in purchasing them.
Other speakers include Gary Cox, General Counsel for the Fund, Pete Kennedy, attorney for the Fund, Taaron Meikle, president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and Sally Fallon-Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation that encourages the consumption of raw milk and pasture-raised animal products. Five hundred members and special guests are expected to attend.
In addition to a farm-fresh luncheon, party-goers will learn about sustainable agriculture. There will be farm tours, demonstrations and games for adults and children alike, including an egg toss!
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund/Foundation is located at 8116 Arlington Blvd., #263, in Falls Church, VA 22042. 703-208-FARM (3276) Their website is: www.farmtoconsumer.org.