York College to show ‘Farmageddon,’ host discussion

FarmageddonSay you want to start a garden — a mid-sized one. More than what your family might eat or preserve, but not enough to supply McDonalds. You think, “I’ll sell my extra produce to a local restaurant. The local food movement is big, there’s demand for my product. This will work out great.”

And then the government steps in — the United States Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, state agencies and others — acting as “antagonists to local agribusiness.”

That’s the premise of “Farmageddon: The Unseen War on Family Farms,” a documentary that tells the stories of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Vermont farms that struggle for “food freedom.”

York College’s Sustainability and Environmental Studies minor, in conjunction with Peach Bottom Concerned Citizens Group, will host a showing of the film
7 p.m. Aug. 28 in Humanities 218, York College, 441 Country Club Road, Spring Garden Township.

Following the film, SES advisor David Fyfe will moderate a discussion with Jonas Stoltzfus, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania farmer in the film; Warren Evans, president of Horn Farm Center; and Rory Kraft, a YCP philosophy professor.

For details, visit the SES minor’s Facebook page.

Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.

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2 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    Interesting. I guess you do take some risk in eating out of your own garden; it’s not government-approved. I’m anxious to hear what comes out of the discussion afterward. I can imagine, even though there is a movement toward local produce, farmers are still struggling with legal hoops and the recent weather.

  1. August 30, 2012

    [...] Obstacles that small farms face Posted on August 30, 2012 by Sarah Chain TweetTuesday evening, I joined York College students, faculty and York County community members for a screening of “Farmageddon.” [...]

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