- 1 hr 26 min
'Farmageddon' is an expose that tells of abuses of power by the government while regulating small-scale food growers, producers, and farmers. The message of 'Farmageddon' is that the government is actively suppressing the rights of small domestic farmers that produce certain types of food products such as raw milk and cheese. The government is doing this according to the film in the name of food safety, and likely at the bidding of powerful factory farms and corporations. The idea for this film came about when Director/Producer Kristin Canty noticed that one of her own children was evidently cured of food allergies after taking raw milk. In an attempt to source her family's food supply exclusively from local, organic providers, she noticed that many of them were being raided, harassed, and closed down by the USDA. In making this film, her hope was to bring attention to the issue with an eye toward changing public opinion on how the government treats small organic farmers. Government crackdowns on the sale of raw milk does not fit the definition of breaking news, but 'Farmageddon' goes further and presents a case that large agribusiness is using its money and power in an ongoing effort to influence federal regulators to aggressively pursue small farmers and food co-ops in order to fatigue them into shutting down. The evidence for this consists of video interviews of operators of small family farms who testify to their observations of a "revolving door" policy existing between large agribusiness and the United States Department of Agriculture. In these interviews it comes out that certain USDA employees whose job it is to conduct inspections and trace the causes of food-borne illness, are offered high-paying jobs by food industry executives in exchange for the aggressive policing of milk and cheese products of small producers while looking the other way in terms of enforcing the food safety practices of major food giants.