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.