‘American Meat’ screened, discussed

Apr 16, 2014
The 2013 documentary “American Meat” will be screened Tuesday night, April 29, at Belfast Free Library.

Belfast — Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Co-op are co-sponsoring a free screening of pro-farmer documentary “American Meat” Tuesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St. Diane Schivera, organic livestock specialist for MOFGA, will moderate a post-screening conversation with local grass-based farmers.

“American Meat” is about United States chicken, cattle and hog production. Beginning with a history of the 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?

Local grass-fed meat farmers Graham Mallory and Emily Stone from Pastures of Plenty in Jackson will participate in the post-screening discussion. For more information about the film, visit the film’s website, americanmeatfilm.com. For additional information about this event, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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