Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Kristin Canty, director of the documentary “Farmageddon,” talks about the ongoing problems with our nation’s food supply, and argues that the U.S. government actively colludes with agri-businesses to keep our food unsafe. The film shows family farms that were raided by the government, exposing what Canty calls the covert war on American farmers and co-ops that supply fresh, unprocessed foods to consumers. She’s joined by Gary Cox, General Counsel, Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and Linda Failace, owner of Three Shephard’s Cheese, an artisanal cheese making business in Mad River Valley, Vermont, who are both featured in the documentary. “Farmageddon” opens July 8 at Cinema Village.


Kristin Canty, Gary Cox and Linda Failace

Comments [15]


I had to listen to the podcast to verify that I did not misunderstand what was said on the show.

My question is why Leonard Lopate has to constantly interject his anti-Republican bias into every segment.

In this particular show, at about 19:23 Mrs. Canty states that the family learned that they were watched from July 2000 till March 2001. Lopate immediately suggests that happened during Bush administration, realizes he was mistaken (the surveillance obviously started under Clinton and ended under Bush), and then goes into a long tirade, in order to hide it.

This interjections about Bush happen daily.

Lenard, is not it time for you to learn that there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats?

Jul. 14 2011 09:07 AM

Mr Ramanathan, those were two different people speaking of two separate events. You should listen before you comment

Jul. 06 2011 05:46 PM
culprit from nyc

Linda Faillace wrote a book about her family's ordeal, "Mad Sheep," available at Amazon. It's a truly incredible story.

Jul. 06 2011 05:42 PM
S Ramanathan from New Jersey

I was disappointed that the Lady Farmer of Three Sheep Farms was allowed to say that the family had gun pointed at them or to that effect. Later she clearly agreed that the police had gun in the holsters. Every police officer carries guns in the holsters, obviously to protect themselves from crazy people (could be farmers too) who do not want to be questioned or given summons! Leonard did not explain this ,the listener could assume the police were ready to shoot them! Also there were no counterpoints from the Health/agricultural industry to explain why the rules for pasteurization exist over 100 yrs,obviously to protect the citizens. Apparently this show promoted the movie Farmageddon one sidedly.

Jul. 06 2011 02:39 PM

Caroline from NYC

That's exactly what they all FASCISM - govt in bed with industry

Jul. 06 2011 02:15 PM
Laura from New York City

I think that the reason why the government is going after small farmers is to maintain the status quo form big agricultural corporations. If people were able to grow and sell their own local products more easily big corporation would loose their standing and leverage. They are de facto dictators and we have no freedom when it comes to what wee eat (this is worldwide unfortunately, not just an American reality) Great piece!

Jul. 06 2011 02:14 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

worth reminding everyone that these are the farmers whose good work and voices are being ignored in the zeal to promote nat gas hydrfracturing in the northeast. while the large, commercial farmers see dollar signs per acre in gas leases, farmers like these want only to keep and grow their family farms!

Jul. 06 2011 02:12 PM
Mary from Jersey City

My father was a sheep and goat rancher in West Texas in the 1960's. He was traded some sheep that were misrepresented as American origin but were Mexican. At least one was. The State Vet came out and confirmed that the herd had scrapie and they came out and took them all away. I do not know the details - were they actually diseased, or were they the result of an investigation of the trader. He had so many problems he sold the ranch. I know that my uncle became a rich man buying up ranches that had herd problems ( he was a sheep broker) and leasing out the land for oil drilling. My father and cousins today find the increasing growth of huge farms a big problem. I dont know how the US allows beef imported for human consumption from Mexico when the government polices our herds so closely. Feed lots have grown into a monopoly business when they used to be small and controlled by the rancher or farmer. Now animals spend most of their lives in these terrible lots, instead of on the land .

Jul. 06 2011 02:11 PM

I think the cheese issue in Europe unfortunately really had more to do with standardization in the unified EU than anything to do with microbes - every region has its specialty - though food technology has wriggled its tendrils into what was once reliable food in Europe, like good yogurt, which is now full of additives just like here.

Jul. 06 2011 02:05 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

The government is being nuts, small farming are tourist attractions and a revenue generator. Just like we travel abroad to Europe to eat a specialty at a local farm. Very silly.

Jul. 06 2011 02:02 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

this is a brilliant, and vital film. hats off to kristin for this brave work!

Jul. 06 2011 02:01 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

The problem here is the power that big agri-farmers wield, very discouraging. I support local small farms in my area when ever I can. But support might not even matter when the agriculture department decides to make an example of a local small scale farmer.

Jul. 06 2011 01:54 PM
Caroline from NYC

Umm.. Gov't is beholden to Wall St. and Big Biz Corporations because that's what funds politicians campaigns. Big Biz Pharma benefits when people get sick. The FDA and EPA are also swayed by corporation demands. Follow the money trail. So many heads of gov't agencies have ties to the businesses they are supposed to regulate.

Jul. 06 2011 01:49 PM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I always think the extreme anti-government people are crazy. Then I hear a story such as these people tell, and decide that even though the most extreme of the anti-government folks are probably crazy, they're also probably right about the government.

The sheep are dead, and there are still no bankers in jail.

Jul. 06 2011 01:42 PM

Thank you for doing this piece. Everybody - join the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund - well worth it if you want choice in your food - did you realize they are cracking down on our local cheese makers at Union Square market? They are no longer able to slice you off a taste!!! PLEASE!!! Support small farms! (This is not elitist, you can also go to the supermarket - I'd like to see local food there too!!!)

Jul. 06 2011 12:29 PM

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