Documentaries and DVD's on Raw Milk
The Moo Man
with Stephen Hook
The remarkable story of a maverick farmer and his unruly cows, filmed over four years on the marshes of the Pevensey Levels.
In an attempt to save his family farm, Stephen Hook decides to turn his back on the cost cutting dairies and supermarkets, and instead stay small and keep his close relationship with the herd. However farmer Hook's plans to save the farm do not always go down well with his 55 spirited cows. The result is a laugh-out-loud, emotional roller-coaster of a journey.
"Heart warming, a tearjerker of a movie about the incredible bonds between man, animal and countryside."
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.
Producer Kristin Canty’s film, Farmageddon, documents as her quest to find healthy food for her four children turns into an educational journey to discover why she is denied the freedom to select the foods of her choice from the producer of her choice.
The movie tells the story of small, family farmers providing safe, healthy foods to their communities who were forced to stop, often through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies. The movie succinctly poses and addresses the question “why is this happening in 21st century America?”
Evoking both sympathy and anger for those farmers violently shut down by overzealous government policy and regulators, Farmageddon stresses the urgency of food freedom. Though the film deals with intense scenes and dramatic situations, the overall tone is optimistic, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice and farmers’ rights to produce these foods.
Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it's produced and who we have become as a nation.
For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. Director Robert Kenner explores the subject from all angles, talking to authors, advocates, farmers, and CEOs, like co-producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield Farms), and Barbara Kowalcyk, who's been lobbying for more rigorous standards since E. coli claimed the life of her two-year-old son. The filmmaker takes his camera into slaughterhouses and factory farms where chickens grow too fast to walk properly, cows eat feed pumped with toxic chemicals, and illegal immigrants risk life and limb to bring these products to market at an affordable cost. If eco-docs tends to preach to the converted, Kenner presents his findings in such an engaging fashion that Food, Inc. may well reach the very viewers who could benefit from it the most: harried workers who don't have the time or income to read every book and eat non-genetically modified produce every day. Though he covers some of the same ground as Super-Size Me and King Corn, Food Inc. presents a broader picture of the problem, and if Kenner takes an understandably tough stance on particular politicians and corporations, he's just as quick to praise those who are trying to be responsible--even Wal-Mart, which now carries organic products. That development may have more to do with economics than empathy, but the consumer still benefits, and every little bit counts. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Food. It's kind of important. And it's integral to the lives of the world's 7 billion inhabitants.
But what we think of as "food" is something very different from what people ate a century ago. This probably isn't news to you. A number of compelling documentaries have focused on the many downfalls of our modern food system. But while these films have succeeded in bringing awareness to these modern problems, they've also left us feeling frustrated, confused, and hopeless.
But there is an alternative. And it's spreading rapidly across the globe.
Revolution: Food is documentary all about the positive changes taking root in our modern food system. It focuses on real farmers who are growing/raising real food -- and the consumers who are demanding it. Buy or Rent here.
Nourishing Traditional Diets: The Key to Vibrant Health
with Sally Fallon Morell
Sally Fallon Morell's popular seminar answers that critical question: What is a healthy diet? She presents eleven principles of healthy traditional diets based on the pioneering work of Dr. Weston A. Price and the food choices and food preparation techniques of healthy non-industrialized peoples from around the world. She then provides practical steps for changing your diet for the better.
Topics covered include the vital role of animal fats in human nutrition; the dangers of modern vegetable oils; the safety and health benefits of raw milk; the dark side of modern soy foods; how to prepare grains and legumes for optimal assimilation and digestion; the health benefits of enzyme-rich lacto-fermented foods; and the benefits of homemade bone broths used in soups, stews and sauces.
This DVD replaces an earlier version entitled Healthy, Beauty and Strength through Nourishing Traditional Diets.
Below is Part 3, about raw milk:
Chore Time: From Grass To Glass. A Complete Guide To Raw Milk Production
by Tim Wightman
Check out Tim Wightman’s educational micro-dairy farm DVD, Chore Time: Milking Made Easier by Planning Ahead. Filmed on location at a working milk parlor, this tutorial is a useful guide to those interested in the best practices in raw milk production. Read more here...
This video is provided free of charge. Click below to view Parts 1 and 2.
Milk War documentary
with Michael Schmidt
Milk War is a story about Durham, Ontario organic dairy farmer Michael Schmidt’s battle to legalize the sale of unpasteurized milk. In defiance of the law Schmidt has supplied his neighbours with raw milk for over 22 years. Schmidt’s farm was raided by armed officers, his equipment was seized, all dairy products were destroyed and Michael was charged with 20 criminal offences for distributing unpasteurized milk.
A Canadian David and Goliath story; when asked if he was willing to go to jail Michael said: “Whatever it takes to give people the freedom to choose healthy nutritious food”.
Not fit for human consumption: The State vs Moo View Farm
with Mark and Helen Tyler
Moo View Farm at Willunga Hill, operated a cow share program, where people could source raw milk through ownership of cows. The farm was raided by South Australia Police, the Dairy Authority and Biosecurity SA in May of 2013 and August 2013. The film was shot over 5 months, from the time of the first public meeting of Cow Shareholders following the raid, to the ongoing court proceedings. The film was made on a pro bono basis for the Cow Shareholders and lets them tell of their desperation for raw milk and their anger and lament of being denied it. The film also has commentary from a SA political advocate, a dairy industry representative, Biosecurity SA and New Zealand Raw Milk Producers Association.
Raw Milk is a big and complicated issue and this film does not aim to cover all of these complexities, it really is a snapshot of the immediate concerns of those featured in the story.
Raw Milk Raids on Rawesome Foods
Raw Milk Documentary
by TV Ontario producer Liane Kotler
“Health officials in Ontario say raw milk isn’t safe for human consumption and therefore it is illegal. Some people though, will go far to get milk that is not pasteurized. Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt has been locked in a legal battle over raw milk for more than two decades. This video looks at the debate over raw milk.” Click here to watch on YouTube.
Dr. Mercola Talks about Raw Milk
by Dr. Mercola
Raw Milk: Tastes Like Freedom!
A message for Americans
In 2009, the FDA launched a sting operation against US small farmers as a way to restrict the freedom to choose our own foods as medicine (Health Freedom). This was a trailer put together by a non-profit group which highlights Amish farmer Vernon Hershberger, who stood up for all small farmers. Today, government targets amish small farmer Amos Miller, even without proof. http://tinyurl.com/z7ympgq.
The message contained in this video about Vernon Hershberger's 2013 trial is especially relevant now, with PA farmer Amos Miller about to face a forced federal inspection.