The American family farm is an endangered species. Because modern economics favors super-sized, industrial farms over small family farms. Because American politicians too often support policies that harm small farmers, in order to benefit corporate agri-business.
But farmers are fighting back. Fighting to preserve the traditional farm. These farmers are defying convention, speaking out against bad policy, and creating their own farm-friendly alternatives, in order to keep their families on their farms.
Image: Polyface Farm
Joel Salatin is a Godfather of Green agriculture and Gourmet farm-to-table food. His family's Polyface Farm is a pilgrimage site, attracting hundreds of farmers each year who trek to Virginia to learn the Slatin way of sustainable agriculture and successful farm-to-table marketing.
Joel is a visionary, a bookish intellectual, and an eloquent author of alternative farm-and-food books. One of his books is Everything I want to do is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front.
Joel Salatin in no shrinking violet when it comes to speaking out against policies that are harmful to American farmers. And many Lancaster County farmers are following his example.
The Salatin's Polyface Farm is Here.
Video Above: Joel Salatin Gets Enthusiastic.
Image: Keri Wiginton. "St. Petersburg Times"
Dennis Stoltzfoos is a food rebel. He is an outspoken advocate of good food for good health, even if it means defying the powers that be, in order to produce that good food.
Dennis' "beyond-organic" Florida farm is a radical alternative to conventional farming. It is pre-industrial farming, sort-of like the radically-Plain farming of his Amish ancestors.
Video Above: Dennis Stoltzfoos Shows Off his Jersey Calves in Florida.
Plus another video and a newspaper article about Dennis Stoltzfoos is Here.
Image: Lily Films
The movie "The Future of Food" is a David-versus-Goliath story.
It is the story of farmers who speak-out about the harm caused by Monsanto corporation and other biotechnology behemoths. Farmers who speak-out about the destruction caused by genetically-modified crops and patented food plants.
An estimated 60 per cent of all processed foods contain genetically modified organisms, primarily from genetically-engineeered corn and canola. The safety of these organisms is unknown.
You can watch this movie online Here, in its entirety. On that page, just click and watch. You might never buy Roundup again.
Image: "The World According to Monsanto"
Indiana farmer Troy Rousch, and other farmers, speak out against Monsonto Company's crusade to control the world's food supply.
It's a hard-hitting film about the havoc and harm caused by Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, Monsanto's dairy-cow growth hormone, and Monsanto's genetically modified seeds.
The farmers and scientists in this film uncover the Monsanto tradition of bribery, lies, and deceit. It's a film about Monsanto destroying family farms around the globe.