WASHINGTON, September 1, 2014- Farmers, foodies, politicians and others dedicated to advancing food freedom unite for a weekend festival in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia on September 5-6, 2014. Organized by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense(FTCLDF), Food Freedom Fest is a fun, educational gathering for anyone who appreciates freedom of choice in food and agriculture. The funds raised will help defend the rights of small farmers and artisan food producers, as well as consumers and buying clubs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is trying to control all food regulation and poses a threat to the local food movement. The September gathering is a meeting of people who see the benefit of a direct farmer to consumer relationship. This is relevant to anyone who wants to make a living off the land and keep the government out of their kitchen.
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The aptly named Food Freedom Fest kicks off with the inaugural “Food Freedom Conference” starting with breakfast at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia. Emcee Kimberly Hartke will introduce notable speakers who will explore food freedom initiatives happening around the country. Delivering the keynote at lunch will be Congressman Thomas Massie from Kentucky who sponsored the two federal Raw Milk Freedom bills with considerable bipartisan support.
Among those slated to speak are:
Farmer Martha Boneta who was the driving force behind the landmark bill easing local and state regulatory controls over Virginia farmers;
State Senator Frank Niceley who has worked to improve the regulatory climate for small farms in Tennessee including successes in legalizing raw milk distribution via herdshares, allowing cultivation of industrial hemp, and adopting the federal exemptions for on-farm poultry processing;
John Moody, FTCLDF Treasurer and the Kentucky buying club organizer who successfully rallied his members to push back against a hostile health department action.
Friday evening, the Food Freedom Fest is throwing a street party and inviting the public to join in. Featuring local vendors and live entertainment, the “Local Food Street Fair” in beautiful downtown Staunton runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hometown hero Joel Salatin will be honored with ceremonial “Keys to the City” and Staunton officials will read a resolution in support of food freedom.
Tickets are available for Food Freedom Fest which includes the three events and five meals. Information is available athttp://www.FarmtoConsumer.Org/FFF
Source: Kim Hartke
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