“American Meat:” Film screening, panel discussion on alternative agriculture

  • on 21 Mar 2013
  • Gailor Auditorium

About the film: American Meat is a solutions-oriented documentary chronicling the current state of the U.S. meat industry. Beginning with a history of our current industrial system, the feedlots and confinement operations are unveiled, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the story shifts to Polyface Farms, where the Salatin family has developed an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution. Nationwide, a local-food movement of farmers, chefs, and everyday people has taken root... But could it ever feed us all?

Along with other farmers across America, the film features Virginia farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, who was a main subject of Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore's Dilemma.
American Meat will have a theatrical release in New York City in April.

What is local, sustainable meat? How practical is raising, slaughtering, and eating local, sustainable meat? What are the corporate and personal, including spiritual, implications of this kind of shift in American eating habits? Local farmers, chefs, economists and theologians will discuss these questions and more at Sewanee's screening of the documentary American Meat.

Co-sponsored by the Religion Department, Center for Religion and Environment, Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Environmental Studies, and the University Lectures Committee.