Every five years, Congress passes a Farm Bill—a massive piece of legislation that covers crop subsidies, food stamps, conservation, energy policy on ethanol and renewables, and more. Fundamentally, the Farm Bill is about continuing and promoting the current Agribusiness model, supporting…
The attack on the safety and health benefits of raw milk has a deep and rich history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) robotically use the same selective science that minimizes the dangers present in pasteurized dairy while…
In The Raw Milk Revolution, David E. Gumpert describes the efforts of state and federal agencies responding to what seems like a simple question: Should American citizens be allowed the personal freedom to choose to drink raw milk?
At the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, we are constantly looking to deepen our knowledge of agriculture, nutrient-dense foods, and farm policy and how they relate to food freedom. This year we would like to invite you to learn with us by joining in our first ever FTCLDF Book Club.
While the sale of raw milk is illegal in Virginia, raw milk advocates have used the concept of herd sharing to obtain the revered, nutrient-dense food for decades. In a herd share agreement, consumers pay a farmer a fee for boarding their animal (or share of the animal), caring for…
Kris Unger owns Dairy Delight, a 100-head herd share operation in Michigan. Dairy Delight’s cows are coddled. They receive a six-month break every year, and are rotationally grazed on over one hundred acres. Dairy Delight herd share owners are devoted to clean, local food, without government interference. The Michigan Department of
Michael Schmidt is a Canadian farmer and food freedom activist who has been fighting to sell raw milk for 24 years. Schmidt, an owner of Glencolton Farms along with 150 other families, have been subjected to the all-too-familiar harassment and interference that characterizes some
One conversation I had with attorney Elizabeth Rich about raw milk herd shares warrants sharing with you. I learned I don’t understand nearly as much as I thought I did. And I’m not the only one—they are darned confusing to most
For some time now, enforcement on the interstate ban of raw milk and raw milk products by the United States Food and Drug Administration has looked to be an exercise in futility (only raw cheese aged 60 days or more is legal in interstate commerce). Thousands of otherwise law-abiding
On July 4, 2007 some 500 people gathered at Jake Zook’s farm in Christiana, Pennsylvania to celebrate the official launch of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF). The event marked the realization of the