Farmers Explain Why They Are Not Farmed and Dangerous

Have no fear, real farmers are here. And they want to tell you why Chipotle’s new TV series, “Farmed and Dangerous,” does not sit well with the farming community. For starters, the series, created for the online video-streaming service Hulu, mocks modern agriculture and warns viewers that today’s farming practices are dangerous and cruel.

“The new series features Buck Marshall, an image consultant for the Industrial Food Image Bureau, which features instances of negative behavior in the agricultural industry.”

Farmers like Jennifer Schmidt would argue that the depiction of modern or, as the show refers to them, “industrial,” farmers is not accurate. Schmidt challenges Americans to go to the source with questions about food and to not believe everything you see on TV or the Internet.

“‘Farmed and Dangerous’ is intended to be a comedy, but I think the show is anything but funny,” says Schmidt. “As farmers, we want to open doors to open minds. And CommonGround volunteers like me want to invite consumers to take a peek behind our barn doors and see what really happens on our farms.”

The 100-plus CommonGround volunteers across the United States really want to help bridge the gap between farmers and those disconnected from farms. Americans can connect with CommonGround volunteers in multiple ways.

  1. Through blogs like Schmidt’s The Foodie Farmer
  2. Through social media – get a real-time glimpse of the farm. Check out which volunteers are on popular social media sites by heading over to our state page.
  3. Face to face – many CommonGround volunteers host farm tours. Connect online or through a state contact if you would like to visit a farm near you.



I grew up on a farm and still have family and friends who are farmers. If the shoe fits, you need to own up to it and wear it. If the shoe doesn’t fit, then don’t wear it. Every farmer I know won’t own up to their complicity in shoveling toxic trash down humanity’s gullet. And that they use inhumane and unsustainable methods to do so.

Chipotle obviously has the good sense to know that many farmers are actually using sustainable or human practices. They know this because they are Chipotle’s suppliers. If that is you, then don’t personalize their mockumentaries. But, if you are dumping tons of Roundup on monocultures or planting GMO foods or feeding cattle tons of antibiotics, then you are indeed the problem.


I don’t understand why “modern industrial farmers” are displeased with the show. Maybe I don’t know enough about farming. I felt like the show was against the mistreatment of animals and other unethical practices like the abuse of growth hormones and excessive antibiotics. Against big corporations making farming decisions based on profit and not animal or people welfare. I don’t speak for the company but I felt like that was the kind of farmer the show was against. Not every farmer can free range but they can treat their animals humanely. But like I said, maybe I’m just am average consumer who doesn’t know that much about it. I think farmers should be more empowered to make decisions about how they run their farms.


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