Farmageddon Cries For Small Farms and Raw Milk

The US government is at war with small farmers who try to raise animals for meat and milk in sustainable ways. Regulations are written for — and often by — agribusiness. And the situation has actually gotten worse under President Obama, with gun-toting agents raiding family farms to confiscate milk.

These are some of the key points of “Farmageddon,” a documentary made by first-time filmmaker Kristin Canty, that is playing this week at the Roxie Theater.

I couldn't agree more with Canty's points. She decided to make the film because of the difficulty of buying raw milk, which the government thinks is dangerous, famously raiding a SoCal collective earlier this summer.

The film is fresh enough that it includes powerful security-camera footage from that raid of agents covering each other, handguns held high and in front of them, as they walk through a grocery store in the early morning hours, looking for the dangerous milk dealers — who according to the film have not yet been charged with any crime.

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