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"American Meat" - Can Farming Be More Sustainable?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Graham Meriwether, director of the documentary “American Meat,” looks at whether sustainable farming can feed America. He looks at cattle, hog and chicken production in the U.S. and presents the viability of more humane, sustainable farming practices. The film explains how America arrived at its current industrial system and introduces industry leaders who are working to change it for the better. “American Meat” opens April 12 at Cinema Village.

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Comments [16]

Jesus H. Christ from Hell

Just can't take all the upspeak. Jesus Christ, does everyone in America now have to talk like a 5 year old?

Quit eating meat, fat American morons. There. Problem solved. Next topic.

Apr. 13 2013 12:59 AM

As much as I admire Salatin as an incredible, forward-thinking farmer, he is a self-described "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-Farmer".

I would argue the Christian, libertarian, capitalist being the key scary bits.

Apr. 12 2013 01:11 PM

Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk ~

...as a "pHd", you can certainly understand that these domesticated animals would cease to exist without our desire to consume them.

"The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says there are more than 4,000 breeds of domestic animals and birds in the world. One third of these are in danger of disappearing.

Domestic animals are becoming extinct at the rate of two breeds per week. One thousand domestic species have vanished in the past 100 years.

Scientists say commercial farmers rely on certain species that produce the most meat or milk. As worldwide agriculture becomes more standardized, these economically productive breeds are adopted all over the world, often making indigenous animals unnecessary."

Gotta eat 'em to save 'em.

Choose wisely.

Apr. 12 2013 01:04 PM

Great segment - looking forward to the film!

Apr. 12 2013 12:59 PM
Kayla from Brooklyn

Where can i go about visiting Joel's farm?

Apr. 12 2013 12:59 PM
Peg

People can afford local/organic meat if they eat less of it.

Apr. 12 2013 12:58 PM
sanych

can we grow meat in a dish?

that would solve all problems...

although, a lot of people would become unemployed...

Apr. 12 2013 12:58 PM
anonyme

GREAT SEGMENT!!!!!! LL please have Joel Salatin and some of his buds on some day - he is really brilliant!

I don't think this is a fad at all.

Apr. 12 2013 12:58 PM
Michele Tyner from Washington DC

I recently viewed the Food Inc. film...staring Joel Salatin @ Polyface farms. His pigs are absolutely beautiful! As a resul,t my friends and I scheduled a road trip to travel to the Shenandoah Valley from DC for the July openhouse. Also, I found a market that sells Polyface Farm goods on Capitol Hill, DC. I intend to be a frequent visitor.

Apr. 12 2013 12:58 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

The overemphasis of the "need" for meat in the U.S. is getting ridiculous.

Having grown up in a meat-eating, 7-days a week family, actually turned me off to most of it by my teens. Yet both our restaurants and cooking shows tout slabs of meat for everyone--as if they need to feed themselves as if they were in a restaurant, celebrating, every day.

Between our synthetic processing of both animal and plant life here, our soil, air and health are suffering the consequences. We need to stop rewarding and subsidizing large scale/industrial meat production (can hardly call it farming any more) AND the scale of production for crops that feed them.

Family farms in NYS are making the Hobson's choice of selling off to methane gas frackers, rather than continuing to produce--and lose--to the food industrial complex and Fed subsidies they enjoy. What's wrong with this picture?

Apr. 12 2013 12:56 PM
Peg from rural NY

Christine - look on craigslist (from towns far away from NYC), contact your local 4H program and Cooperative Extension. Buy a freezer.

Apr. 12 2013 12:54 PM
Hoag from Harlem

"blame the system not the people"???? There is no "system" it is people doing things everyday that makes ro breaks it

Apr. 12 2013 12:53 PM
sanych

Sometimes models with nice smiles remind me the female from the movie "Alien" - not the one played by Sigourney Weaver. She was also a meat-eater...

Apr. 12 2013 12:50 PM
Christine from Westchester

Can you guest tell us where we might buy more humanely and organically raised meat? There seem to be few sources.

Apr. 12 2013 12:47 PM
Peg

Until humans figure out what is a sustainable Human population, all of these food production arguments are silly.

Wayne - would you ban ALL carnivore species or are you just claiming that humans are not carnivores?

Apr. 12 2013 12:37 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

No matter how humane or sustainable you make to these farms, cows,pigs and chickens are still dying for our tables.We have no right to take their lives for our taste buds.

Apr. 12 2013 12:04 PM

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