Farmageddon: Small Farms Under Government Scrutiny : The New Yorker

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The filmmaker is Kristin Canty, a self-described “mom of four,” who gave up on conventional medicine and instead used raw milk to treat the asthma and allergies suffered by one of her children. In pursuit of less-processed foods, Canty visits farms and gets to know farmers, many of whom complain about intense scrutiny of their practices and products. The “-ageddon” of her title refers to the methods used by regulators to bring small producers into compliance: from armed morning raids (as happened to the owner of Manna Storehouse, a food coöperative in Lorain County, Ohio) to the destruction of a herd of Belgian and Dutch sheep in Vermont suspected of harboring mad-cow disease (despite no evidence of contamination, the film claims) and, finally, the enforcement of a search warrant at Rawesome Foods, a private food club in Venice, California, which I write about in the magazine this week. (Here’s a video of the 2010 action, showing officers, with guns drawn, securing the fruit and veg.) Less regulation is the call to action here. When Canty talks to Joel Salatin, the farmer-writer made famous by Pollan, whose Polyface Farms, in the Shenandoah Valley, “Farmageddon” (like “Food, Inc.” before it) upholds as a model, he descries “non-scalable capricious regulations” and asks why the government hates freedom.

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