Farmageddon: What You Are Eating Still Is Not Good
Writer-director Kristin Cantys Farmageddon joins recent documentaries like Food, Inc. and King Corn in sounding the alarm about what we eat and where it comes from. A lesser effort in the burgeoning canon, its still effective in its goals: illuminating how denigrated and dangerous our food supply is, while mapping out how local and federal governments, through a combination of ineptitude and corruption, work in concert to squelch consumer choice and steer us toward the foul output of industrial farms. Cantys filmmaking mission began after she found herself stymied in getting the raw milk shed discovered was a panacea for the illnesses plaguing her son. Frustrated that local farms that supply the stuff were being harassed, she started digging around and discovered that Gestapo-like tactics were being employed across the country against small, family-owned farms that specialize in organic and sustainable farming. Like June Cleaver in warrior mode, shes traveled the country interviewing farmers (many of whom supply her with photos and footage shot as they were being swarmed by SWAT or sheriffs) whose stories are absolutely chilling. These recountings start to blur into one another, which is both Farmageddons strength and weakness: You wish Canty had crafted the film in a way to underscore the danger in the pattern she uncovers, without getting bogged down in the repetition.
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