Farmageddon – The Government’s War on Small, Sustainable Farms (Video)
America must support its small and family-owned farms. They’re much better at balancing nature with food production, and are at the center of the natural food/sustainable agriculture movement. Why is the government raiding these farms that are providing safe, healthful foods to willing, knowledgeable customers? They’re ruining people’s lives in the name of “food safety,” and, of course, putting small farms out of business with regulations and paperwork that small farmers don’t have time to fill out.
If we get to the root of the problem, we find corporations in bed with government regulators. For the government, it’s not about food safety. It’s about money and power.
Spread this film far and wide, and support your local farmers. Go to www.localharvest.org and search for local farms, Community Supported Agriculture, farmers markets and food cooperatives in your state and area.
A people can not be free unless it can feed itself! Where do you get your food?
Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent ac-tion, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.
Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely and free from unreasona-bly burdensome regulations. The film serves to put policymakers and regulators on notice that there is a growing movement of people aware that their freedom to choose the foods they want is in danger, a movement that is taking action with its dollars and its voting power to protect and preserve the dwindling number of family farms that are struggling to survive.