Protecting Farmers and Their Consumers

December 22, 2023

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The Farm To Consumer Legal Defense Fund is protecting, defending, and broadening the rights and viability of independent farmers, artisanal food producers, and their consumers. In this episode of the NTI PodTalk, Dianne chats with Executive Director, Alexia Kulwiec, about what the organization does and how they protect farmers and their consumers. 

About Alexia Kulwiec

Alexia Kulwiec is Executive Director of Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. She resides in Madison, WI and is a licensed attorney in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Alexia has practiced law for over 20 years, and has extensive litigation experience and experience in leading and managing attorneys. She holds an advanced law degree in Food and Agricultural Law, a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Alexia also has an appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has studied domestic fair trade on mid-sized farms, published and presented on farm labor issues, and teaches in the area of labor and employment law. This experience has inspired her interest in agriculture and the U.S. food system, triggering an interest in promoting smaller scale and sustainable farming. Alexia is published in several legal journals including an analysis of Poultry Growers as Employees in the Labor Law Journal. She has served on the Madison food policy council, and been active with other food and agriculture related organizations. 

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Alexia and Dianne discuss how the FTCLDF is protecting farmers and their consumers:

  • 02:04 – Alexia’s role with the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund and what the organization does
  • 06:06 – Why policies are antagonistic to farmers and other food producers 
  • 11:05 – The origins of the FTCLDF
  • 15:07 – Examples of how the organization helps farms and farmers 
  • 28:03 – The different categories of membership
  • 32:35 – A success story
  • 40:30 – How you can find and get in touch with the FTCLDF

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Hear from other organizations that are advocating for consumers:

Kestrel Burcham, Cornucopia Institute Policy Director

NTI PodTalk with GrowHaus

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