Farmageddon Time – Friday – Monday, Then Wednesday

August 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

Does your farmer grow food?  So many of the families that work the land don’t grow food.  They harvest raw materials.  Or the ones closer to the food chain, do they raise animals or do they process meat.  The ability to eat local, to eat the kinds of food we want and need, relies wholly on farmers.  We need farmers both in touch with the old ways of doing things and farmers in the know of better ways of doing things.  Are these kinds of farmers at risk?

The movie, Farmageddon, posists that farmers on the edge, farmers looking to practice outside the realms of Ag, face crackdowns from government forces, especially the Food and Drug Administration.  Farmageddon focuses especially on farmers wanting to sell raw milk to consumers who want raw milk.  It, of course, makes us think of a food business close to home also using milk.  What is the balance between safety and desire; consumption and control.

These are good and important questions.  Farmageddon plays opens this Friday at the Gene Siskel Film Center.  There are shows on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and then another show on Wednesday – August 26, 27, 28, 29 and August 31.  See here for additional information.