Owning Pigs a Felony in Michigan? Big Ag-Inspired Law Targets Small Farms
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The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, based in Arlington, VA, provides an ally for farmers looking to fight back. In their own words, they “protect the rights of farmers and consumers to engage in direct commerce...and protect the rights of farmers to sell the products of the farm and the rights of consumers to access the foods of their choice from the source of their choice.”
In addition to providing a wealth of resources, including tips for farmers being raided, the organization also litigates on behalf of small farmer interests. Currently, the FTCLDF is challenging the FDA’s ban on raw milk, an issue whose importance is sketched out by the arrests mentioned above.
Now, as implementation of the pig ban looms, the FTCLDF has stepped forward to provide Michigan’s farmers with assistance in the face of the new law.
Groups like the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund provide another channel for addressing legitimate food-sovereignty concerns. Based in Pennsylvania, this nonprofit assists communities around the country to draft legislation that allow citizens to decide for themselves how they want to grow and consume their food, breaking free of the grip of legislation written primarily to serve the fiduciary interests of Big Ag.
A ban on furry pigs and raw milk is only one part of the larger mosaic of concerns surrounding food sovereignty. At the core of the issue are questions over the foundations of our democratic processes. Who decides who makes decisions for communities?
Corporations, or the people?
Corey Hill is a human rights activist and journalist who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He frequently writes about the environment, U.S. foreign policy, and economics.