American Meat documentary film screening and panel discussion: Thursday, Feb. 21, Eaton Humanities Room 1B50, University of Colorado Boulder
Film Screening at 6:30 p.m. followed by discussion at 8:00 p.m.
Free Chipotle burritos to the first 100 attendees starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Humanities Lobby
Can sustainable farming feed America? American Meat is a solutions-oriented macroscopic documentary by Graham Meriwether (Engl’02) surveying the current state of the U.S. meat industry. Featuring Fred Kirschenmann, Joel Salatin, Steve Ells (Engl’02), Chuck Wirtz, Paul Willis and farmers across America, the film takes an even-handed look at animal husbandry. It explains how America arrived at our current industrial system, and shows the feedlots and confinement houses, through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the film introduces the current revolution developing in animal husbandry, led by the charismatic and passionate Joel Salatin. The film surveys farmers across the country who have changed their lives to start grass-based farms, and highlights tangible solutions that people can take to change agriculture in America. The inspiring story of Chipotle Mexican Grill is shared as CEO Steve Ells continues his mission to source his company’s meat from different farms with new groundbreaking protocols. In addition, the story of Stone Barns Center is shown, explaining the importance of training and education for the new generation of farmers growing each day.
The event is free and open to the public and is hosted by the CU Environmental Center. Following the film will be a panel discussion featuring: Drew Calvert, director of marketing for Niman Ranch; Chef Ann Cooper, renegade lunch lady and director of nutrition services for Boulder Valley School District; and Graham Meriwether, the film’s director. Discussion will be facilitated by MaryBeth Lynch of CU-Boulder.
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