We'd like to alert our readers to a documentary about an alarming, misguided new trend … aggressive, punitive federal raids on family farms accused of food safety violations.
As Kimberly Hartke, publicist for the Weston A. Price Foundation, blogged in “Mom Makes Movie to Defend Rights to Healthy Food”, the film spotlights “the traumatic impact of over-the-top enforcement.”
Hartke's blog entry introduces mother/moviemaker Kristin Canty of Massachusetts, and summarizes some of the deeply dismaying stories covered in the documentary.
According to her bio on the “Farmageddon” website, “Kristin is the mom of four kids. One of them had severe allergies and asthma until she started him on local raw milk from grass fed cows. She was horrified that farmers and consumers were getting raided around the country for doing the exact same thing, so she set out to make a movie about it.”Back in the 1930s, pioneering field researcher Weston Price, DDS, studied the health and diets of traditional cultures.
The site summarizes the movie this way:
“Filmmaker Kristin Canty's quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey ... [w]hat she found were policies that … [i]nstead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food ...”
Kimberly Hartke captures the movie makers' motivation: “Kristin Canty is perhaps taking on the greatest challenge of all, by attempting to change the game for this contrarian view.”
Click here to see the schedule of screenings, currently listed for Southern California, New York City, Washington DC, and Atlanta (Newnan), Georgia.
Filmmaker leads local branch of grass roots fight for traditional foods
Kimberly Hartke describes the fast-growing group of nutritionists and regular folks this way: “… [Weston Price] Foundation members eschew processed foods … and … prefer food from traditional, mixed use farms rather than industrial scale factory farms.”
His painstaking documentation demonstrated that people in traditional cultures worldwide shared two things: generally good health – excluding non-food-related infections like malaria – and omnivorous diets based on whole, raw, and fermented foods.
We applaud the efforts of the WAP Foundation and remarkable local leaders like Kristin Canty to put food safety in perspective.
The tiny risk of infection from “living” raw foods is both wildly exaggerated and utterly manageable … while their benefits versus refined, processed counterparts are becoming increasingly clear.
And raw food risks pale in comparison to the devastating effects that diets based on heavily refined, processed foods exert on hundreds of millions of Americans … such as high and rising rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and dementia.
To learn more, see “Mom Makes Movie to Defend Rights to Healthy Food” and the Farmageddon movie website.
As crusading film maker Kristin Canty says, “Without Food Freedom…We are Not Free”!