Farmageddon – review

Today I watched another documentary, Farmageddon, and really quite enjoyed it, partially because it was well done, and partially because I’ve lately been developing a keen interest in food and where it comes from.

Farmageddon is about small farms in the US and highlights several instances where the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been persecuting small farmers. Sometimes it has to do with permits, but many of the reasons presented seem sketchy at best. Now, I went and checked out the USDA’s website and found that they have a banner ad on their home page saying “know your farmer, know your food”, which seems to counter what this particular movie is about. Is this movie just the biases of several begrudged families, or is this banner ad on USDA’s site a bit of damage control to counter the movie? Probably, there is a bit more info found somewhere in the middle ground, but still, the case Famageddon makes is quite persuasive.

The movie itself talks to various small farmers, particularly those in the raw milk industry, and other organic businesses, and how there have been some very scary seizures and multiple raids to small farms and co-ops where families and children have even been held several hours at gun point. How could this be? Do we really need swat teams scaring children over unpasteurized milk? Find out more by checking out the movie, and as always here’s a trailer to whet/suppress your appetite.

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8 thoughts on “Farmageddon – review

  1. I would not be surprised if the ad was put up to counter the film. I’m no conspiracy theorist but I know how much money is involved especially in the dairy industry. It’s so horrible how the USDA resorts to intimidation to threaten anything that comes in their way. As consumers we can only support the small guys..the big dairy plants can take their milk ads and do you know what with them!

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    • I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case. I try to take a balanced approach to finding out info to try and hear both sides of the story, but sometimes its hard to remian open minded when the little guys are the ones getting the raw deal. I also agree that where you spend your money can definately make a difference, sometimes it seems louder then your voice. 🙂 Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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  2. Hi Livesinstone,
    Thanks for the visit to my blog.
    I liked your post and have two more movies to recommend. They both deal with food safety and the origins of our food. “Food, Inc” and “Foodmatters”. Both are well done and shed a lot of light on the ‘food’ industry.
    Cheers,
    iRuniBreathe

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    • Hi iRuniBreathe!

      Thanks for the comment and the movie recommendations! That’s awesome! I have a massive list of movies to watch and I’ve got Food, Inc on it, but haven’t heard of the other one. I’ll be sure to add it in. Thanks!

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  4. I didn’t get a chance to watch the whole video link you have above— Just curious, but do you already know about Polyface farms and the work of Joel Salatin? Another classic example of Big America trying to crush the small farmer…and one that is making great strides towards the sustainable farming movement no less…

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    • I didn’t know about Polyface farms until after I watched this movie, as he was one of the ones that were interviewed for this film. I did put some of his books on my ever growing ‘too read’ list though, since he was a pretty intelligent speaker, and some of his farming techniques were pretty neat. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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      • Great! I once saw him being interviewed by some finance show on TV, and it was just ridiculous how the interviewer didn’t “get it.” She kept asking about Polyface’s plans for for expansion and growth, and Joel Salatin had this bemused look, gently trying to explaint that this is *not* the point of his enterprise…that sustainable farming is not about getting bigger and bigger— and then she basically just repeated her question! Clearly, it will take our culture a LONG time to unlearn these damaging business mindsets!

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