Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Follow the FTCLDF on Twitter. Click on this button!
Defending the rights and broadening the freedoms of family farms and protecting
consumer access to raw milk and nutrient dense foods.
Press Release
Email Share
Consumers Defend Their Farmer Against Tyrannical FDA

For Immediate Release
Contact: Liz Reitzig 301-807-5063 [email protected]
Grassfed on The Hill Buying Club

NEW! Farm Food Freedom Rally Details

Washington DC—A group of more than 1000 DC area or Maryland consumers are irate at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) attempt to shut down their food supply by conducting a sting operation on their private buying club. Members of the private group contract with an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania to obtain fresh milk and other products from his farm. The FDA planted a spy in the group in October of 2009 to gather evidence against the farmer for alleged illegal interstate commerce of raw milk.

Claiming that transportation of raw milk across state lines constitutes illegal interstate commerce, FDA has conducted many sting operations and raids against US farmers providing consumers with fresh milk or fresh milk products. The most recent is this year-and-a–half long sting on the DC metro area group. FDA’s “investigation” into the activities of the group and farmer has culminated in the FDA filing a civil suit against Dan Allgyer for introducing into interstate commerce raw milk intended for human consumption and giving Allgyer notice of a pending request for permanent injunction.

“We have every right to obtain the foods of our choice from the producer of our choice based on our values,” says the group’s founder, Karine Bouis-Towe. “There is trust that is created and built between the farmer and consumer in this relationship. The FDA and other federal government agencies should not interfere in private, direct relationships
between farmers and consumers.”

The buying club and their supporters intend to fight the FDA’s claimed jurisdiction over private transactions.

List of government raids against small farms.  

For more information about fresh milk visit the Weston A. Price Foundation or to find a source near you, visit the Real Milk website.

Donate to help the Grassfed on the Hill group mount a defense for their rights.

Shouldn't private citizens be able to buy food directly from a farmer without the need or expense of federal, state, health department intervention?

We think so. The Fund and it's membership is fighting this on many fronts.

We provide 24/7 access to qualified legal assistance and even possible representation for farmers caught in the middle of an enforcement action, we call Farm Raids.

We have sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the ban prohibiting interstate commerce of raw milk. Read the FDA's response to our lawsuit, wherein they claim that "plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish". 

We rally the real food community into focused action. 

We work towards keeping our food choices unrestricted.

If you'd like to help, you can
donate and/or subscribe to assist the Fund in this important work.

Read more stories about Dan Allgyer and the FDA.

FDA Seeks Permanent Injunction Against Amish Farmer Dan Allgyer, April 29, 2011

FDA Steps Up Enforcement Against Raw Milk, April 20, 2010

Feds Raid Amish Dairy and Threaten Action Over Raw Milk sales, June 30, 2010