Monday, June 20, 2011


On Saturday Mike, Renee and I went to the Fundraiser for my farmer Dan, which was also the premiere of Farmageddon. We have been waiting to see this movie for so long. First, I'll start with the reception that took place before the movie. It was catered by Coppi's Organic Restaurant and restuarant Nora. There were also chocolates from Krishon Chocolate which I really cannot recommend enough. Coppi's walked around with delicious pizza, I loved all of the toppings.

Margherita pizza.

Red onion and green tomato pizza.

Mushroom pizza! My personal favorite. Alongside two little cups filled with mushrooms (loved) and a puff that was full of...goat cheese? Blue cheese? Not entirely sure. Either way it was all delicious. They also had a wonderful selection of wine. I wish I would've gotten the names, they were amazing and I really enjoyed them. After mingling and munching for a bit, it was finally time for the movie to start. I cannot express how excited I was for this movie. I know it will help spread the word for this movement, something I am so, so passionate about.

I really want to give you all of the dirty details of the movie, tell you the story lines and express my disgust of the actions of the FDA, but I don't want to give away the movie. You need to see it for yourself. I will say that it was a great movie and as always, I was so moved by the families who had come under attack by the FDA. And yes, I did cry! There truly is a full out attack on small, organic and family owned farms. If we let this happen, we will not have access to local, organic and nutrient dense food. We can all make a difference by buying local, you really do vote each time you purchase food. I encourage you to get involved and go see this movie. For screenings of the movie and to watch the trailer, visit the Farmageddon website.

If you are not moved or inspired by these stories simply because you do not believe in food freedom like I do, you may be inspired by two other aspects. First, what the FDA is doing is attacking our civil rights. The amount of power the FDA and USDA have is insane. Small farms should have every right to grow in a sustainable manner, which is really the only way we should be maintaining farms. I think it's really a testament to the way our country is operating, and if we don't do something about it, it will only get worse.

Secondly, the amount of money being spent to attack these small farms is heinous. We are in a serious deficit, and yet these institutions are wasting millions upon millions of dollars waging wars on safe, sustainable family farms. I wonder how much money was put into the year and a half "sting" operation on Dan's farm. Should our tax dollars really be spent like this? Do you want your hard earned money to go toward attacking small, innocent families, while our debt just gets larger and larger? This is ridiculous. We've all heard about the spending here in DC, and this really only confirms that we are not properly spending. We are increasing the debt we are in.

We have a basic right as Americans to feed ourselves how we choose. We can consume the chemicals, additives and preservatives that are legally put into food, and yet we can't choose to drink nutrient dense raw milk? How has our country gotten so backwards? We cannot stand idly by while this happens to us and to our fellow Americans. I beg you to get involved. If you can, please donate to Dan Allgyer's fund here. And also check out the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund. We should have these basic rights, and we should not be giving the FDA, USDA or any of these other institutions the amount of power that they currently have. The movie began with a Thomas Jefferson quote, and I will end with this one:

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."

This post is part of Monday Mania and Real Food Wednesday!

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