The Finger Lakes Institute will show the documentary, “American Meat,” on Thursday, March 28. This is the FLI’s third film of the semester and will take place at 7 p.m. in Albright Auditorium. Following the film screening, a panel discussion which includes Graham Meriwether, director, cinematographer, and producer of “American Meat” will address topics raised in the film.
A panel discussion, with film director Graham Meriwether, HWS Luce Environmental Studies Postdoctoral Fellow (2011) Robin Lewis, Tompkins Co. Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Marketing Specialist Matt LeRoux, and Copper Creek Farm Beef Producer Greg Atwood will follow the playing of the film. Jim Ochterski, Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Issues Leader, will moderate the panel.
“American Meat” provides a view of chicken, hog, and cattle production through the eyes of the farmers involved. The film starts with a history of the current industrial system. It then explores the local-food movement, particularly the Salatin family’s development of an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution.
“As part of the film’s nationwide Young Farmer Screening Series, we are excited to show the film at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and other campuses across the country where students are taking an active interest in learning about more sustainable and equitable ways to farm and eat,” says Meriwether. “We believe that students have the power to change this country’s food future and we hope that this film will elicit conversations that might someday change the way our country raises and eats meat.”
This event is free and open to the public.