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FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Wednesday, Aug. 3, in Venice, Calif., armed law enforcement officers — federal, state and local — descended on a private health food co-op, seized $70,000 worth of food, computers, papers and cash, and arrested three people for trafficking in unpasteurized dairy from unlicensed facilities.
The venue, Rawesome, is frequented by Hollywood stars, young mothers, bodybuilders and raw foodists in search of the most perfect, pure food they can find. The government, especially the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), considers this akin to drug dealing, and they are treating it as harshly.
This is the subject of Kristin Canty’s documentary film, Farmageddon — the Unseen War on American Family Farms. A previous raid on Rawesome is depicted in the film.
The Chicago film premiere of this documentary opens Friday, Aug. 26, and plays one show daily at the Gene Siskel Film Center Aug. 26-29 and Aug. 31.
The Gene Siskel Film Center, a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is at 164 N. State St., Chicago. Contact the Gene Siskel Center for show times and tickets; call (312) 846-2085 or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org. For other screening dates and times, and to see the trailer, visit the Farmageddon website at http://farmageddonmovie.com.
Filmmaker Canty depicts the struggles of an emerging farm economy, composed of farmers who are returning to traditional, non-industrial farming methods, the kind that existed at the turn of the century, yet have nearly vanished in our modern age.
A first-time filmmaker, Canty is a Massachusetts mom whose 4-year-old son was healed of multiple allergies by adding farm-fresh (raw) milk to his diet. Since she achieved near miraculous results from working with a local farmer to heal her boy, she was alarmed to discover the FDA agenda to restrict access to this wholesome food.
Farmageddon tells stories of numerous trespasses by health bureaucrats on farmers’ and consumers’ civil liberties. Canty also interviews consumers, chefs and nutrition experts who greatly desire to support the new economic model by direct sourcing of food grown without the use of chemicals, hormones and pesticides.
Canty is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education and activist group, as well as the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF). The film was inspired by the work of Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which defends the rights of small sustainable farms to sell farm products direct to consumers, against government interference.
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of family farms and protects consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods. Concerned citizens can support the FTCLDF, a U.S. based 501(c)(4) nonprofit, by joining or donating online at www.farmtoconsumer.org or by calling 703-208-FARM (3276). See farm raid info on the FTCLDF website at www.farmtoconsumer.org/farm-raids.