American Meat

American Meat

As seen in AMERICAN MEAT, a film by Graham Meriwether.

American Meat (2013)

Opened: 04/12/2013 Limited

Cinema Village...04/12/2013 - 04/25/201314 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated

A leave it better story.

A new generation of grass-based farmers are sparking a revolution, but can they actually feed America?


American Meat is a solutions-oriented documentary chronicling the current state of the U.S. meat industry. Featuring Joel Salatin, Chuck Wirtz, Fred Kirschenmann, Steve Ells, Paul Willis, and farmers across America, it takes an even-handed look at animal husbandry. First explaining how America arrived at our current industrial system, the story shifts to the present day, showing the feedlots and confinement houses, not through hidden cameras but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the documentary introduces the revolution taking root in animal husbandry, led by the charismatic and passionate Joel Salatin. Stories are shared of farmers across the country who have changed their life to start grass-based farms, and everyday solutions highlight actions people can make to support America's agriculture.

About the Featured Farmers

Joel Salatin is a full-time farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents' ideas.The farm services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, and pigaerator pork using relationship marketing.

Chuck Wirtz is a lifelong farmer based in West Bend, IA. He farms with his two brothers, and with his son Carson. They operate a farrow-to-finish commodity hog operation and recently converted a small portion over to welfare-compassionate production.

Dr. Fred Kirschenmann is a long time national and international leader in sustainable agriculture who shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pontico Hills, New York. He also oversees management of his family's 2,600-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota.

Daniel Salatin, son of Joel, has gone from carrying freshly processed chickens while in diapers, to running and over-seeing the day-to-day workings of Polyface. As a seven-year old he started a pastured rabbit enterprise, which has had its ups and downs but continues today. Starting the rabbit business gave him first hand experience with marketing, processing, research and development, and the costs of a new business.