116: John Moody of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
Helping American farmers and growers defend their right to distribute food.
John is a husband, father to four, small farmer, author, and speaker. After serving on the board of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, he was asked to serve as interim Executive Director and now full Executive Director. John has participated in the small farming and food freedom movement in many ways over the years, serving as administrator for one of the largest local food buying clubs in the nation (Whole Life Buying Club).
He acted by standing up with the members of that buying club to unjust enforcement actions that denied them access to real food, protesting the FDAs harassment of farmers and consumers seeking real food. John regularly speaks across the nation on matters related to food, health, and farming. He and his family steward the 35 acres that they like to call Some Small Farm.
In this Podcast: John and Greg have an eye-opening chat about the rights of farmers and growers in America. This was significant enough to move Greg to immediate action.
Listen in and learn about:
- His unlikely path to where he is now, from a junk food eating video game junkie teenager to the highly active advocate for real food and farmers
- What health issues arose due do his eating lifestyle
- Why he was motivated to shift his mental view of himself and the world
- The CSA adventure that he took with his wife that developed over time into something much larger
- The unbelievable examples of intervention that are now motivating his participation in the food movement
- Why he believes the government is involved in the food and agricultural industries
- How food regulation is being used in ways that we did not originally plan
- How his organization is working to help small farms and farmers
- How he included a warning with his marriage proposal
- How his buying club stood up to the State Health Department
- What rights are available to farmers and growers who are being told what they can sell and to whom
- Some of the issues that raw milk farmers have dealt with and the help that is available
- How milk is key to the alternative food system
- What services the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund offers
- How to join the the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund if you are a farmer, a homesteader, or just an interested person.
- And a lot more, including what John recommends Podcast listeners can do to help
Information on a Special event in August 2016 you might be interested in
Books that John Recommends
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
Link to Article that John Mentioned
How to reach John and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund