Massie and Pingree Introduce Landmark Bill on Custom Meat Processing


Falls Church, Virginia—July 23,2015—Today, Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced House Bill H.R. 3187, a bill that would significantly increase access to locally produced meat for consumers around the country. H.R. 3187, also known as the PRIME Act (the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act), would

FTCLDF Member Bavuso Wins Virginia Right to Farm Case

Anthony Bavuso Oyster Edited

In a major victory for Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund member Anthony Bavuso, a York County Poquoson Circuit Court Judge has ruled that the Virginia Right to Farm Act and a state zoning law prohibited York County from requiring Bavuso to obtain a special use permit in order to conduct oyster

FTCLDF Case Updates


The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund General Counsel Gary Cox provides updates on the cases he’s currently handling. Everyone represented in court by the Fund is a member of the organization.

Sixteenth Maine Town Passes Food Sovereignty Ordinance

Bingham Maine Seal

Bingham, MAINE—July 10, 2015—On July 1, Bingham, Maine became the 16th town in that state to pass the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance (LFCSGO) when its citizens voted to adopt the LFCSGO at a special town meeting by a ballot vote of 59-8. Under the ordinance, farmers

Food Rights Updates: CT Raw Milk, ME Food Sovereignty & FDA Oversight in TX


Connecticut Herdshare Bill Now Law: Connecticut became the sixth state to pass legislation increasing access to raw milk in 2015 when Governor Dannel Malloy signed Senate Bill 360 (SB 360) into law on June 23rd. The bill legalizes the “transfer or exchange of raw milk between persons…

2015 Annual Appeal FundRAISER: Food Freedom Vigilance

Sally Fallon Morell

Dear Friend of Real Food,

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – Thomas Jefferson

If vigilance is the price of freedom, the work of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) and its members has been a beacon of vigilance helping restore basic food freedoms to people across the United States.

Food Police Blotter: Backyard Chickens in New Milford, NJ


The Food Police Blotter tracks the actions of government agencies in denying the right to produce, sell, obtain and consume the foods of our choice. This open letter from Jeff DelVecchio describes how it was not his local zoning department but rather the town Board of Health that prohibited him from