Food Freedom: A Look at the “Farmageddon” Movie (and What You Can Do to Help!)
I just returned from a showing of the “Farmageddon” movie. Wow. Even though prior to watching the movie I felt I knew a lot about the unfair things happening to small farms in our country, the fact is that there are now faces and names and stories attached to these situations. There are small farms being raided, good and healthy whole food being confiscated, people’s rights are being trampled on.
Should we be able to feed our families the foods that we feel are healthy, real and whole?
According to this documentary, there are a lot of authorities in our country who would say “No”!
Have you seen this documentary? If not, here’s a trailer to give you a feel of what it’s about:
This is a BIG deal. In my opinion, it’s the slippery slope of the government (or anyone else) telling us what we should put in our bodies. That is scary. In fact, the 3rd president of the United States once said, very wisely:
“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson
I am a real-food eating, raw milk drinking food consumer.
But even if you don’t fit that description, this should STILL get your blood boiling.
If small, sustainable farms continue to be bullied, raided and over-regulated, eventually there will be no choices remaining. Small farms will go out of business and we will have to eat whatever we can purchase at the local big grocery store – whose only source of food will be the big agricultural and processing plants.
No, thank you.
That’s why I will be supporting with both time, energy and money these organizations and movements. Here’s what you can do, too:
This organization provides legal support and representation to small farms. Here is part of their mission statement:
The objective of FTCLDF is to defend the rights of sustainable family farms and artisan food producers to make their products available to consumers in a manner that protects, preserves and enhances the environment and its natural resources, products that include but are not limited to meat and meat products, poultry, eggs, raw milk and raw milk products, fruits and vegetables, lacto-fermented foods and beverages, prepared foods, and bread and other baked goods directly to consumers without a license or permit.
I can’t do this as I don’t live in California – so if you are reading this and you DO live there (or know someone who does), be sure to inform them on this on (click on title above). I’m working to spread the word that we have a right to know what is in the food we eat. Proposition 37 in California aims to do just that, particularly with Genetically Modified Foods. (If you don’t know what GMO foods are, click on over to the Institute for Responsible Technology to learn more on the dangers of GMO foods).
3. Shop with your local farmer.
Consumer demand will play a BIG role in the sustainable, local food movement….which I believe will trickle down to affect legislature and laws. Demand via your money and votes that your local, organic and sustainable farms can stay in business. They cannot do that without YOU and I as consumers and without laws that make it possible for small family farms to continue to farm without being caught up in endless paperwork and bureaucracy.
4. Get Involved.
Spread the word. Tell your neighbors. Tell your friends. Forward them a link to this blog post and other resources I’ve mentioned. Education is the only way to truly teach people what is being proposed and supported in regards to food laws and freedoms! Our health (and lives?) depend on it!
(By the way, if you’d like to watch Farmageddon at home with instant download or to purchase it, CLICK HERE).