Farmageddon screening for Congress

From Kimberly Hartke:

Panel discussion from the New York City screening of Farmageddon: Panel discussion with director Kristin Canty, Angela Davis, Sarma Melngailis, and Max Goldberg. Photo from Laurel on Health. Click to go to the story on her blog that includes this picture and others from that screening.

December 6, 2011–Washington, D.C.– Independent filmmaker Kristin Canty announces today that her film is being screened next week for members of Congress, and the shocking new food documentary was invited back for an encore run at Chicago’s prestigious Gene Siskel Film Center. This summer’s theatrical releases in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Boston garnered critical acclaim, and grassroots interest spawned 150 community screenings around the country.

The film opens in Chicago on Saturday, December 10 through the 12th, for one show daily, with a final show on Thursday the 15th. See Gene Siskel Center website for showtimes. The Congressional screening event will take place on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, December 13, 5:30 pm in the Orientation Theater North. U.S. Citizens are encouraged to invite their Congressman and Senator to see the film (find your Representative:  find your Senator:

Farmageddon, The Unseen War on American Family Farms, vividly conveys the stories of numerous farmers who found themselves on the wrong side of government food policy. It is hard to imagine our government using S.W.A.T. raids to deal with misdemeanors, nor is it easy to fathom agents of the law seizing valuable farm products and equipment, particularly in cases where there is no proof of harm. This movie enables audiences all across America to come face to face with harsh realities of farm life in our modern day.

Filmmaker Kristin Canty says, “I am very grateful to the Gene Siskel Center for bringing the film back. We had a number of sold out shows in our brief run there this summer. Now more Chicagoans will have the opportunity to see the film!”

Canty’s film project may also have an opportunity to influence public policy. The gravity of the plight of small farmers has gotten the attention of our politicians in Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D, ME) and Ed Perlmutter, (D, CO), and Congressman Ron Paul, (R, TX)  are sponsoring the Congressional screening of Farmaggedon on Capitol Hill. Pingree, who is also an organic farmer, wants her colleagues to see the devastating effects regulatory policies are having on small American farms.

Pingree serves on the Agriculture Committee and recently introduced H.R. 3286, the “Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act”, which reforms agriculture policy to give consumers greater access to local foods, and gives farmers more opportunities. The bill is co-sponsored by 60 of her colleagues in the House, and has also been introduced in the Senate.

Kristin Canty is a member of the nutrition education non-profit, The Weston A. Price Foundation, as well as, The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, whose work defending the rights of farmers and consumers to direct trade inspired the film. Visit the film’s website:

And now, from a report on the New York City screening of Farmageddon, by Laurel on Health (source for lead picture):

“Last week I attended an NYC screening for the new documentary Farmageddon. From the film website: “Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent ac-tion, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.” The movie is very well done and it’s focuses on an important issue that we all need to know more about—the unseen war on family farms.”



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11 responses to “Farmageddon screening for Congress

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  5. John Engel

    These attacks on “farm to consumer” agriculture is just another example of the Federal Government’s attack on our freedoms. Only Ron Paul is fighting for liberty which is a fight for all Americans. His message of Liberty, Peace, and sound money affects every aspect of our lives. Support Ron Paul.

  6. Colorado Roadie

    Bravo for your efforts in the fight against bureacratic tyranny.

    The decision of what food to eat, or not to eat, doesn’t belong in the civil government ‘sphere’ – but rather to the closer ‘sphere’ of self & family government.

    In our day, the war against the God given & ordained distinctions between the differing ‘spheres’ has been obliterated.

    More Principled & fundamental thinkers – (for example, say, the Founding Fathers, or even Dr. King / St Augustine that you quote on the right sidebar…) would clearly see that when the external civil government (be it local, state or federal) gathers all powers unto itself, a disastrous Tyranny is unleashed – in effect, a government acting with all power – unchecked – is a ‘Messianic State’ – and attempts to crush all opposition –

    This is the reason behind the attack on the family farm – and is really an attempt to negate the authority of the Self & Family government, under God.

    May I sugggest simple acts of civil disobedience – ignoring every instance of “unjust Laws’ – that should become the goal & duty of all right thinking citizens, families & small businesses ?

    Every instance of us obeying ‘false law’ only strengthens & empowers those who either enact or try to enforce ‘false law / unjust law’.

    Our ignorance of the Principles of Liberty, is where the tyrant – or his minions, gain their power.

    Start standing upon only Just Law (as God intended….) and their unjust powers are gradually, but steadily deflated.

    Some are tempted to fight them with guns, but this is unwise on several levels – it will be the non-violent, but insistent actions we take of ignoring of their unjust law & our positive actions of obeying higher Principle & Law – (for example – of making & selling Raw Milk to anyone, anywhere under voluntary free market interactions) that will turn the tide in our favor.

    When this attitude prevails, when we realize that if there is no harm to anyone, or their property, there is simply No Crime, period.

    The idea we’re fighting against, is at root, the idea that mere men can make law in any area, transgress any boundary of Liberty that others possess, in pursuit of some supposed mythical ‘greater good’.

    All false humanistic / socialistic / fascist dreams are build upon this faulty foundation – and thus cannibalize the Liberty they say they uphold.

    How does some bureacrat, sitting in your state or provincial capital, or Washington DC, dare to make a law that attacks the genuine God given rights of ANY citizen to take into their body a natural substance – especially one that is nearer to the Created order (Raw Milk) than to the artifically distorted order (Pasturized, all dead ‘legal’ milk) ?

    I noted your quote on the side bar, saying:

    “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all’.” (Martin Luther King – Letter from Birmingham Prison, Alabama)

    This Principle helps show us our duty – an Unjust Law is of no force or effect, and cannot bind the conscience of any man, woman or child.

    When millions of us wake up to this fact, when God in his Truth wakes us up (why are so many churches silent in this regards ??), we will see a New Reformation – and the Nanny State – and it’s false premise – that a natural elite (‘bureacrats & grasping legislators’ ?) are supposed to ‘mold society’, will begin to fall away like scales from our eyes.

    Only the Creator’s Law is Just – Only Just laws are binding.

    Haw anyone noticed God manages the Universe with just 10 simple Laws – but the Nanny state issues forth 10 million laws in a vain attempt to micromanage every conceivable action we take ?

    We’re proud of Dr. Ron Paul, that he’s got the courage, wisdom & foresight to stand against this ‘tyranny’ and bureacratic overreach.

    One more reason why Dr Ron Paul is the only man on the scene to truly understand & grasp the elemental and advanced Principles of Liberty – and why any concerned citizen should consider supporting Ron Paul for President – to strike a blow for Liberty.

    The battle is about far more than the freedom to drink Raw Milk !!

  7. Colorado Roadie

    Thanks again for your great blog & highlighting this great upcoming film, Farmageddon. My wife tried to order the DVD, but it must not be released as of yet – because it’s still in the theaters, apparently .

    My prior comment went overly long – for some tech glitch reason I wasn’t able to edit it down to a much shorter version before posting – (tried to but my browser wouldn’t allow it).

    So, sorry about the length – but these events & struggles go right to the heart of the issues I’ve spent 15 years investigating, namely the foundations of American Liberty, and the underlying intersections of Theology, Sociology, Law & Politics.

    Not to mention the fact of our family becoming devoted to a more natural mode of living & eating – as organically as possible.

    All this after growing up in a family that made their living in the pharmaceutical industry – where I saw the dark lining of the medical / pharmaceutical nexus !

    Lex Rex. And Merry Christmas too !

  8. thebovine

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