Growing a Documentary
Welcome to Farmlandia, USA

In Farmlandia, thousands of small to medium-sized farms, once the bastion of our food system, have been replaced by technology-driven, super-sized engines of mass production that turn out genetically modified, standardized commodities—animals, fiber, and grains for feed, food and fuel—with brutal efficiency and on a scale never before seen. The old rural of our collective memory has been altered to fit a different model where barns are factories, animals are protein, corn is fuel—and farmers are fast becoming obsolete.

Enter the new rural of Farmlandia where our concept of the heartland—the breadbasket of the world; the pastoral countryside of small towns, family farms, red barns, and happy cows—is turned upside down along with the definition of what is a farm and who is a farmer.

This new documentary uncovers a food and farm system made up of very different and often opposing views of how farming should be done, where it should be done, and to what end. Farmlandia lies at the intersection of Big Ag and the independent farmer and rancher, revealing the harsh realities of a distressed, dysfunctional—if not broken—food system and the seeds of a not-so-quiet revolution aimed at changing it.

One of the challenges faced by those of us who are concerned about food, farm, and farmers is getting the word out, creating awareness, and  helping people act on that knowledge. That's what documentaries should do, and I hope that my work contributes to that effort.

Jan Weber

Q. Where is Farmlandia?

A.   Anywhere food is
     grown, raised,
     harvested, and sold.