www.thebetterhealthstore.com - February 11th, 2013
An unseen war has been waged against small farms and buying clubs across the country. It has put the sustainable farming industry on thin ice and threatens the entire real food system and infrastructure.
The Washington Times | Adam Helfer | There is just something comforting about frequenting a local farmers market or passing the small farms on a weekend jaunt through the countryside. It's a genuine slice of Americana that's not only aesthetically pleasing and soothing, but the standard in how we should feed ourselves and families in this country.
Though a dark secret brewing is that an unseen war has been waged against these very small farms and buying clubs across the country. It has put the sustainable farming industry on thin ice and threatens the entire real food system and infrastructure.
Filmmaker Kristin Canty initially got interested in healthy food when one of her sons fell sick with multiple allergies. She found that farm fresh grassfed raw milk healed and restored him to perfect health. In getting the fresh foods from various farms to keep her family healthy, she started learning about numerous issues being posed by local and federal government along with armed raids on farm buying clubs and health food co-ops across the entire nation- the very foods that restored her son to perfect health have been under attack. This incensed Canty (who had no prior filmmaking experience) to document the harsh treatment against small farms and allow the general public to become more aware of the iniquitous situation.
Farmageddon documents the personal accounts small farmers and clubs being affected and highlights the urgency of food freedom and a review and modifications of the policies and laws that are the crux of the issue.
Canty discovered there are "one sized fits all" policies that favor large agribusiness and industrial factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to the local communities.
Instead of a focus on the source of the 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, paperwork, and excessive enforcement actions.