Written by Staff Reports
"Strong Roots, Fragile Farms," an hour-long documentary on the global state of family farms, will air on ABC-TV the week of Oct. 6 (check your local listings).
Narrated by Willie Nelson, the video was produced by the UCC's Proclamation, Identity and Communication Ministry.
By profiling farm families in Iowa, North Carolina, Mexico and the Philippines, the documentary will help viewers discover the real impact of globalization on family farming.
Country singer, actor, Grammy award-winner and prolific songwriter, Willie Nelson, as activist, has been an important voice at the forefront of the family farm movement for more than a decade.
In 1985, he became president and co-founder of Farm Aid, an organization intent on raising awareness about the plight of the farmer and to provide assistance to families dependant on agriculture.
Through the annual Farm Aid concerts hosted by Nelson, fellow rocker John "Cougar" Mellencamp and Neil Young (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young), more than $16 million dollars has been given to 100 farm organizations, churches and service agencies across the United States. Farm Aid supports national, regional and local movements to promote agriculture and fight factory farming while advocating for fair farm prices and providing much-needed financial counsel and support to family farmers.