Farmageddon is a movie that will make you think and hopefully outrage you. Everywhere you look there are stories about food safety, ecoli, dangerous things in food that shouldn't be there, GMO foods, mad cow disease and a variety of other concerns. These concerns have led the government to try to tighten the reigns on farms and food producers. Many small farms and small food producers are concerned about this because they don't feel that the same regulations that work for huge corporations are fair or applicable to small farmers.
Many of the food concerns happening today are occurring on the larger, factory farms. People have been eating locally for thousands of years. It's really the healthiest way to eat. When you think about it, it only stands to reason that eggs from chickens raised in a small family chicken coop in the back yard will be infinitely safer and healthier than eggs raised in huge factory farms where chickens are packed together like sardines in cages inside huge buildings with no windows and no access to the healthy outdoors.
This movie was created after one mom was concerned about her sick child who suffered from allergies and asthma. She felt her child was cured completely by switching to raw milk, which is banned by the FDA in many places. The effects she saw encouraged her to introduce healthier foods into their diets. They began to avoid factory farmed foods tainted by antibiotics, steroids and GMO grains. She was distressed to find out that armed agents of the government were raiding small farms in her area for simply providing the foods that co-op members wanted to eat.
She felt that the government raids were done to crack down on the sale of raw milk. In a document titled Healthy People 2020, the FDA stated that they intend to "increase the number of states that have prohibited sale or distribution of unpasteurized dairy products." This makes it increasingly harder to obtain raw dairy products. Thankfully, here in rural Vermont I can still purchase raw milk from small local farms but I know this isn't the case in many states.