Two blogs in one day. Wow. I couldn’t resist. Saw this notice about the movie Farmaggedon on my friend Matt Wireman’s Facebook feed. Looks like a must-watch:
Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
As if modern government isn’t big enough, intruding in seemingly every area of our lives. It also is regulating farming, intimidating farmers, seeking to shut them down. Consider what’s already been publicized about Monsanto (also see the excellent Food, Inc., which was as the business types say “an absolute game-changer” for me). I’m not a hippie, or even a bohemian, but this sort of thing rubs me as good old-fashioned wrong.
Local, healthy, natural food is best. It deserves to flourish. It’s better for communities. The government has far overextended its control of food, and what results is homogenized, bureaucratically-driven, unsustainable processes that kill small farms. This isn’t a super-important cause, but it’s one worth considering–and supporting.
As is the “food revolution,” Jamie Oliver’s cause. Why do we eat unnatural foods instead of natural foods? Why are we knowingly contributing to disease and malnutrition in ourselves–and more importantly, our children? Why do so many of us exercise great care in spiritual matters and then turn lazy when it comes to food? Why do we allow ourselves a pass when it comes to food, which has the power to make us ill, cause permanent damage, and kill us? Why do we think the body is unimportant? Check out Matthew Anderson’s fine new book, Earthen Vessels, for more on these and other matters related to the body.