Saturday, May 25, 2013

Farmageddon: A Review & Raw-Milk Culture

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One of the reasons I began this blog was because I wanted to know what is going on with our food.  I don't really care what the hip and trendy food is this year, I like that people post recipes because I definitely use them, but I wanted to know about the actual food-not just how to make what recipe or where to get a good burger.  I'm also guessing, that if I want to know these things-so do other people.  

Netflix has done an amazing job bringing forth documentaries that otherwise may not get the attention they deserve.  Farmageddon, I knew very little about, but I was taken by the description stating, 'This provacative documentary tells the story of farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities but were forced to stop.'  Stop? What?  Even further intrigued within the first 5 minutes of the movies when Jackie Stowers describes looking down her flight of stairs in her home with a man dressed in black pointing a gun at her.  Ok, not your typical food documentary-I'm hooked.  What is going on here?
http://farmageddonmovie.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Stowers.jpg Jackie Stowers with her children. 
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Kristin Canty, motivated by providing healthy food to her family delves in head-first into a struggle between small farms-fighting industrial-sized standards and the challenges and soul-crushing violations our government has performed to extinguish them from producing food.

One of the largest targets of the government raids have been raw-milk producers.  Yes, the unpasteurized goodness apparently is so threatening-it requires the SWAT team's and/or FBI's assistance at sheep farms, co-ops and small dairies.  Because these are the people who are leading to the demise of our country, right?  In addition, raw-milk is illegal in some states-one of which is Maryland.

http://farmageddonmovie.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Athens_milk.jpg The illegal raw milk being poured out in Georgia.
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I strongly encourage you to watch this documentary and gain further awareness on what our small farmers are going through and how our government is continually removing their rights, but at who's best interest?  



A recent article on raw-milk in Illinois: 
Illinois Wants to Tighten Rules for on Farm Raw Milk Sales

A VERY recent article on Illinois illegally seizing bees:
Illinois Illegally Seizes Bees Resistant to Monsantos Roundup Kills Remaining Queens

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