Do you want the option of buying raw milk legally in your state? Would you like to have chickens in your backyard? The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) works hard to defend your right to obtain the food of your choice from the source of your choice. Pete Kennedy, an attorney in Florida, is on the board of the FTCLDF and he has personally been involved in representing and counseling farmers who are simply trying to provide local, sustainable foods to their neighbors, schools, and grocery stores.
Many of us know that good health begins at the dining room table. The healthiest diets are those made up of nutrient-dense, organic foods from small local farmers, not from the industrial food complex. Listen to Pete and learn about the influences at play on what is available to us as consumers, and how you can make a difference in the fight for food freedom.
Pete is an attorney in Sarasota, Florida. He represents you and you may not even know it! He is a board member of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) and he works tirelessly to protect your food freedom—so that you can obtain the food of your choice from the source of your choice. He represents farmers and consumers who want to protect their access to nutrient dense foods, and the ability to grow (and sell) their own. He has backed farmers facing enforcement actions and has counseled on the right to farm, herd shares, buying club operations and more, on the federal and state level.
In today’s episode you will learn:
- how our food freedom is at risk and what can be done about it
- where the regulations are coming from and why/how they hinder a small farmer’s business
- the case of dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger in Wisconsin (who was acquitted on 3 of the 4 counts against him)
- the diminishing number of dairies in the U.S.
- the health problems arising from large processing and slaughterhouse plants
- why farmers need a favorable regulatory climate to succeed
- how to get involved with FTCLDF, whether you’re a farmer, homesteader, or consumer
Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) – farmtoconsumer.org
FTCLDF on Twitter – @foodfreedomfund