Spotlight on a WNPJ Member Group - Family Farm Defenders

FFD * Farms Not Arms * Farmers Say NO to War & Terror

Family Farm Defenders (FFD) incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1994 and was granted permanent 501(c)(3)   status by the IRS in 1999. FFD began out of two national grass-roots campaigns that demanded a national referendum to end the mandatory check-off on raw milk that funds the lobby and propaganda efforts of the corporate dairy industry; and to defend consumer “right to know” in response to the stealth introduction of Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) into the nation’s milk supply.

The mission of Family Farm Defenders  is to create a farmer-controlled and consumer-oriented food and fiber system, based upon democratically controlled institutions that empower farmers to speak for and respect themselves in their quest for social and economic justice. To this end, FFD supports agroecology, farm & food worker rights, racial justice, animal welfare, consumer safety & right to know, fair trade – both globally and domestically, as well as food sovereignty.  FFD has also worked to create opportunities for farmers to join together in new cooperative marketing endeavors and to bridge the socioeconomic gap that often exists between rural and urban communities.

Family Farm Defenders has several different campaigns underway including but not limited to: advocating for a just transition towards climate justice, resisting land grabbing and pollution trading, challenging industrial factory farms and genetically modified foods, supporting migrant farmworker and native treaty rights, as well as promoting local democratically-controlled community-based food/farm systems.

While Family Farm Defenders focuses on these areas all the time, one event that they have coming up will be on Tuesday, March 9th at 7:00 with the 350 Organization of Milwaukee. They will be discussing Regenerative Agriculture, Healthy Soil and CO2 Balance with John E. Peck, the executive director of Family Farm Fenders via Zoom. Here is the link to join:


Contact: John E. Peck, executive director

Address: P.O. Box 1772, Madison, WI 53701

Phone and FAX: 608-260-0900





Submitted by WNPJ volunteer, Ambar Cornelio