FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Falls Church, VA—October 27, 2016—The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Foundation (FTCLDFF), a 501(c)(3) sister organization to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), has begun operations. The main purpose of FTCLDFF is to support organizations such as FTCLDF in the work to protect and expand farm and food freedom. FTCLDFF received 501(c)(3) status (EIN 47-3917847) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) earlier this year. Donations to FTCLDFF are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Donations to FTCLDF are not tax-deductible.
FTCLDFF will provide financial support for litigation and other legal work done by FTCLDF attorneys. FTCLDFF will also be developing and providing educational resources for its supporters and the general public. In addition, FTCLDFF will be providing compassionate relief to small farmers and local food producers suffering hardship.
As a reminder of the fight we are in over freedom of food choice, here are statements the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made in a reply brief responding to a lawsuit filed by FTCLDF challenging the interstate raw milk ban:
- “There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food”
- “Plaintiff’s assertion of a ‘fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families’ is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.”
When the founding fathers drafted the Constitution, there was nothing in the document about freedom of food choice because it was a right that was taken for granted. With the harassment farmers, artisan food producers, and homesteaders have undergone from federal, state, and local government agencies, that has long stopped being the case. FTCLDFF was formed to change that through its support of efforts to establish the right of all people to obtain the food of their choice from the source of their choice.
This is the right fight. Those interested in donating can go here.
Pete Kennedy, Esq.
YOUR FUND AT WORK
Services provided by FTCLDF go beyond legal representation for members in court cases.
Educational and policy work also provide an avenue for FTCLDF to build grassroots activism to create the most favorable regulatory climate possible. In addition to advising on bill language, FTCLDF supports favorable legislation via action alerts, social media outreach, and the online petition service.
You can help FTCLDF by becoming a member or donating today.
8116 Arlington Blvd, # 263
Falls Church, VA 22042
Prefer to make a tax-deductible donation? Donate online at bit.ly/NFG4FTC.
You may also contact us by email at [email protected] or call 703-208-FARM (3276). Thanks for your support.