The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund’s General Counsel Gary Cox provides the rundown on the cases he’s currently handling. Everyone represented in court by FTCLDF is a member of the organization.
Updates and press releases on the various cases handled or funded by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF or the "Fund") are posted below. Click on the titles below to view the full post.
If you have questions about any of the cases, you may contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-208-FARM (3276).
Back in the day, if a pesticide cloud strayed onto a neighboring farm due to high wind or an inept crop duster, it was likely welcomed, a free service that the farmer would have had to pay for anyway. In some places today, that might still be the case. Unless, of course, you are an organic lettuce
WILL WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT UPHOLD FOOD FREEDOM?
By Gayle Loiselle
Three Wisconsin farms now have petitions for review before the state’s Supreme Court—all challenging the legality and constitutionality of contracts between farmers, private citizens and private food groups to acquire or provide fresh unpasteurized
Since its inception in 2007, the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (“FTCLDF” or the “Fund”) has worked to establish and protect the rights of farmers to direct market the products of the farm and the rights of consumers to obtain the foods of their choice from the source of their choice.
This summary covers the Fund’s work during 2013 and the first half of 2014.
On May 13, Blue Hill dairy farmer Dan Brown will have his case heard by the Maine Supreme Court. Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund General Counsel Gary Cox will be arguing Brown’s case before the Court. Brown is appealing a lower court ruling finding him guilty on three counts for violations of Maine’s food and dairy code. Argument is
Episode 16 of the Food Rights Hour podcast is about protecting local foods. During this episode, our guest host, Michelle Ray, speaks with traditional foods teaching chef, Monica Corrado; Farmageddon filmmaker, Kristin Canty; and FTCLDF President, Pete Kennedy, Esq. Learn what the guests have to say about how FTCLDF helps local food communities
In a victory for Michigan’s heritage breed hog farmers, Marquette County Circuit Court Judge Thomas L. Solka has ruled that both the swine Invasive Species Order (ISO) and the Declaratory Ruling (DR) issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are unconstitutional. In his March 21
Episode 15 of the Food Rights Hour podcast is about the importance of preserving the right to farm sustainably. During this episode, our host, Kimberly Hartke, speaks with an underground dairy farmer; a small farm advocate, Leon La Jeunesse; the forbidden oysterman, Greg Garrett; the raw food farmer, Lee Ann Hoovey; and FTCLDF Vice President and attorney, Elizabeth Rich.
Judge Orders DNR to Leave Farmer Alone
Lake City, Michigan—(March 4, 2014)—Two years after suing the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) over the legality of its swine Invasive Species order, Mark Baker is now free to raise and sell his hybrid heritage breed pigs. In a February 26, 2014 hearing, less than two weeks before a scheduled March 11, 2014 trial date, DNR
York County oyster farmers Anthony Bavuso and Greg Garrett had their respective cases argued before the Virginia Supreme Court on October 28. In each case, York County Zoning Administrator J. Mark Carter and other county officials were appealing rulings from