The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is a 501 (c) (4) protecting the rights of farmers and artisanal producers to make their products available -- and the rights of consumers to access the foods of their choice from the source of their choice.
Why do we need a FTCLDF? Our food sovereignty is at risk! Regulations from federal, state and local government agencies often make it too expensive or even illegal to sell some locally produced or artisan foods.
Tragically, "food safety" laws meant to reign in large industrial food operations often unnecessarily hobble the small farmer, hindering them from feeding their neighbors, shuttering family farms by the thousands.
When small farmers, cheese-makers and others were raided, fined or regulated out of business, a vocal and vibrant national "food rights community" came together to provide essential legal resources so that they could navigate the regulations. They pooled their money to create the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
As a result of this grassroots organizing, the FTCLDF now defends the rights of sustainable family farms and artisan food producers to make their products available to consumers in a manner that protects, preserves and enhances the environment and its natural resources, products that include but are not limited to meat and meat products, poultry, eggs, raw milk and raw milk products, fruits and vegetables, lacto-fermented foods and beverages, prepared foods, and bread and other baked goods directly to consumers without a license or permit.
To learn more about the work and members which make this fund possible visit the online community at www.farmtoconsumer.org