America’s Broken Dreams: The New American Poor – The Middle Class

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Lose your job in Australia and there’s a good chance there will be a safety net to catch you. The Newstart allowance, Medicare benefits, along with other programs provide help. But it’s a very different story in the United States.

It may be the wealthiest country in the world but as documentary maker Philippe Levasseur shows in America’s Broken Dreams, when you lose your job in the US there is very little to protect you. In 2008 the global financial crisis hit the poor first, but now America’s middle class is being devastated.

Larry, 52, used to manage a large customer service department. But two years ago he lost his job and house. Today he lives in a motel room with his wife and two children and scrapes by on $820 dollars a month, welcoming tourists to Disney World. After he has paid the motel fees, he’s left with just $70 a week for food and other necessities.

Terry used to be a sales manager and enjoyed a good life until he was made redundant. He ended up roaming from motel to motel in Florida in his car and eventually was judged ‘economically incapable’ of raising his six children. The three eldest were placed in foster care.

There are currently 1,800 children growing up in the motels around Disney World. They move from school to school as their parents are forced to find cheaper accommodation.

Amber and Daniel are married but are forced to live on different sides of the United States. Why? It’s the only way they can honestly make enough money to stop themselves and their children going hungry.

Three unique stories, but all have one thing in common: they are America’s new poor, who struggle for work but can barely survive.

Filmmaker Philippe Levasseur takes his camera into car parks, trailer homes and motels across the country as middle class families try to regain the American dream. What he found is simply shocking.

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Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms

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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 ac-tion, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.

Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.

Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, 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 safely and free from unreasona-bly burdensome regulations. The film serves to put policymakers and regulators on notice that there is a growing movement of people aware that their freedom to choose the foods they want is in danger, a movement that is taking action with its dollars and its voting power to protect and preserve the dwindling number of family farms that are struggling to survive.

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11 comments to Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms

  • Kath

    when the government control the food.they will control the people……….

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  • Look, the U.S. Government (ahem, Goldman Sachs owns the U.S. Congress, and the President) is at war with HUMANITY. Everything that is a product of natural processes, like vegetables grown on a family farm – is something the International Bankers want control over – via Monsanto GMO seeds, etc. – so that, they can control the food supply, and bring about the de-population of the planet they so long for. People had really better wake the hell up. This is just ridiculous, how long it is taking for people to ‘snap out of it’! READ ABOUT CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, if you have any doubts about this. Obama signed off on a plan to implement codex alimentarius on Americans. It’s getting LATE in ‘game’, folks. TIME TO WAKE UP! Before it’s too late.

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  • marcus

    everyone says wake up. what good does it do? we are all miserable prisoners. its too late

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  • Guy

    It is not a only US problem it’s happening across the western world as a massive program of general debts and starvation to force the fascist N.W.O

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  • Rana

    This is truly fucking ridiculous. I watched the documentary. The government needs us all to be sick. Eat crappy food, be sick, spend money on medicine and the circle goes round and round. The unhealthiest people are making the rich richer. I saw the group that raided the Smith’s house. Did anyone else notice how one of the inspectors was a BIG FAT GIANT black man who looks like since he clearly lives in McDonalds, he actually has no damn clue what is healthy and what’s not… Yet he is among the group of people condemning these innocent farmers who are not harming anybody and simply serving the community health milk and yogurt!!! There are METH LABS and CRACK HOUSES and WHORE HOUSES all over the country, yet the government is wasting away millions of tax payer dollars to support unnecessary search warrants and seizure parties against small farming families????? WTF??? What’s sad, is that we, the American people are by now welllll aware of how corruptible and destructive the government is. They are not looking out for our welfare, they only care about what’s most profitable. Shit, Hostess has been around for decades and I cannot pronounce half the crap that’s on the label, People have been reported to literally go insane and kill others on twinky diets,,, yet twinkies are perfectly legal… but these small American farms who produce and sell, milk and eggs and corn are being ambushed by MR. ANDERSON AND THE MEN IN BLACK????? The first lady to start speaking on this documentary describes how a man in a suit and tie, much like the guys from the matrix movies, stood and the base of her stairway, standing at an angle with most of is body hiding behind a wall (to protect himself from what??) POINTING A GUN AT HER IN HER OWN HOME and told her that they were there to ‘inspect her farm???” WTFFFFF????? The question and concerns are WHAT CAN WE DO??? What can we do? This country is extremely over populated especially on the coasts, and we have to feed every body! It’s ok to feed them garbage, as long as they eat. And what is this new law Obama is passing? Everybody MUST have health coverage??? If we were allowed to eat fresh, locally grown, pesticide-free, hormone-free, fresh, safe, healthy food,,,, WE WOULDN’T NEED SO MUCH MEDICAL INTERVENTION!!! you greedy heartless, soul-less bastards! What can we do?? We could picket and rally in front to the DOA, but I have a feeling they would just open fire on the protesters and get away with it. I love my country, but I absolutely hate how it’s being run and the people who are running it. Money talks. Our children will not outlive us because of how are food is being processed, more and more children are on more and more medicine for reasons that can be easily avoided if they had access to fresh and healthy food. This is so sad. No other country in the world has an obesity problem, cancer epidemics, and diabetes and heart disease like this frickin country. Yet the guys in the DOA office buildings, the ones who refuse to be in front of the cameras, the ones who have their receptionists deal with the public,live lavishly at everyone else’s expense! Let them live off of fast food for a few weeks and see how they feel so they can understand what they are putting the public through. We need to make an impact… this is a democratic country where WE (supposedly) choose our leaders. We can somehow run these murderers and their body guards out of the government and replace them with some real farmers!!!

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  • Stayhorse

    Who ever controls the food controls the people. Can’t eat gold.

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  • Shelly Perry

    Just crazy.. People Have the right to smoke and drink alcohol.Eat fast food,candy ect.. Why cant we chose are milk veggies.

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