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Farmageddon: A Food Documentary That Should Serve as a Wake-Up Call to All Americans

Last night, I went to go see the documentary Farmageddon, a movie that I had been hearing about for the last few months.

Farmageddon highlights the USDA’s brutal crackdown on farmers selling raw milk and how the agency’s heavy-handed, corrupt and politically-motivated ways have destroyed the lives of small, organic farmers trying to do the right thing.

The objective of the movie is not to promote raw milk, however. The objective of the movie is to get people to wake up and to start demanding change.

Our food system is in serious, serious peril. As of now, Big Ag has tremendous influence in setting food policy and controlling the USDA, all to the detriment of organics.

This has resulted in monoculture farming, widespread adoption of genetically-modified foods and seeds, growth hormones and antibiotics for animals, toxic pesticides and factory farms — nothing that creates more nutritious food.

Additionally, as Farmageddon so deftly points out, it has also resulted in Americans losing their right to choose what to eat, grow and sell.

Yet the reality is this. Americans are not getting angry enough and raising hell with our president, senators and representatives. Politicians would absolutely change their views regarding industrial agriculture if they knew that their jobs were in jeopardy.

Hopefully, this movie will serve as a true wake-up call for all Americans. We MUST make change happen.

What Can You Do?

1) There is a list of resources on the Farmageddon website of ways to get involved.

2) Sign up for the newsletter at The Center for Food Safety, my favorite non-profit when it comes to protecting the rights of organic consumers. They are constantly suing Monsanto and the USDA in order to protect organic food.

3) Get involved, don’t sit back and educate your friends and family as to what is truly going on in this country.

If you are under the assumption that President Obama cares about protecting organic food, then you must watch this video I shot recently with Andrew Kimbrell, the Executive Director of The Center for Food Safety.

Our president has a very, very strong GMO agenda.

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Thank You to My Readers, Thinking of My Mother

I am in Denver for Thanksgiving and will be heading back to Boston tomorrow. Two things have been on my mind.

1) In case you didn’t know, I am an absolute AM radio junkie, mostly sports radio. One of my favorite hosts is Colin Cowherd from ESPN Radio. Practically every single night, I replay some of his segments from earlier in the day.

Something Colin always says resonates with me very deeply, especially now as I am starting to build an audience of my own. He acknowledges that there are many, many options out there and appreciates that people have decided to spend their time listening to him.

And, that is how I feel. There are millions and millions of websites out there, and I am very appreciative that people take the time to read what I write and watch my videos. I do my best to provide interesting and compelling content, both information related to organic food and specific personal issues that I deal with.

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Was Taking Antidepressants in College The Right Decision at the Time?

This is a very complex question that my father and I discuss from time to time. He insists that it was the right decision for me to go on it and doesn’t regret it at all. He also thinks I should never have gone off antidepressants when I did in 2001.  He and my mother were adamantly against this decision.

For me, the question of whether going on antidepressants was the right decision brings up many thoughts and additional questions.

* As I talked about in my last post related to this subject, there were tremendous and disastrous repercussions for going on Prozac. There is no doubt about it.

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