American Meat—Taking a Look at Sustainable Farming in America


Joel Salatin from American Meat documentary film

Joel Salatin from American Meat documentary film


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A new food documentary is out called “American Meat:  Our Meat is Changing For Good”.  Featuring Joel Salatin, Chuck Wirtz, Fred Kirschenmann, Steve Ells, Paul Willis and other farmers across the United States, this documentary takes a look at animal husbandry, what it is, how we got here, and how we can change the system.

It begins with how we arrived at our current state with the industrial system and then shifts into the grass roots revolution that is changing the way we raise our food.  It’s a film of stories from farmers across the country who have changed their lives and careers to start grass-based farming systems to bring us better food while doing what is best for the animals.

A fresh change from other documentaries which focused on the bad side of food, this is one of the most balanced and objective documentaries about food so far.  With a focus on cows, pigs and chickens, it offers new solutions for old problems and how we can be more successful at raising animals on pasture and making it more affordable for consumers.

Take a look at the trailer below, and if you are interested click here to purchase American Meat documentary.

American Meat


What Can You Do?

Grow and raise your own food, buy from sustainable sources and support your small family farms.  Know your farmer!

Here are additional resources:

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Farmer’s Markets  —   national listing of farmer’s markets

Local Harvest – listing of farmer’s markets, family farms, produce, grass-fed meats etc.

Eat Well Guide:  Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals – directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, and online sources in the United States and Canada

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture ( CISA) —  CISA is dedicated to sustainable agriculture and promotes products from small farms

Food Routes – provides a map to “Find Good Food”—farmers, CSA’s, markets

Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

American Meat Documentary




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