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 action, 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
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 unreasonably 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.
The message has already reach Capitol Hill. Congresswoman Chellie
Pingree (D, ME) along with Ron Paul (R, TX) and Ed Perlmutter, (D, CO) sponsored the Congressional screening of Farmaggedon. Pingree, who is also an organic farmer, wants her
colleagues to see the devastating effects regulatory policies are having
on small American farms. Farmaggedon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms vividly conveys the stories ( including the now infamous Rawesome Food raid) of numerous farmers who found themselves on
the wrong side of government food policy. It is hard to imagine our
government using S.W.A.T. raids to deal with misdemeanors, nor is it
easy to fathom agents of the law seizing valuable farm products and
equipment, particularly in cases where there is no proof of harm. This
movie enables viewers to come face to face with the harsh realities of providing local, fresh and healthy food.