American Meat, a pro-farmer documentary on chicken, hog and cattle production in America, debuts in St. Louis on Wed., Oct. 17, at Washington University. An evening of events for students and the St. Louis community hosted by Bon Appétit Management Company, the food service co. managing dining services for Washington University; Chipotle; and Washington University will accompany the screening.
American Meat tells the story of the hog, chicken and beef industry through the eyes of the farmer. It introduces our current industrial food system of factory farming and then shifts to show alternative agricultural models, including Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm. There is a wave of change in the food system, but this film aims to address the question on all of our minds: can it really feed all of us?
At 5:30pm in the Simon Hall courtyard, there will be a welcome barbecue for which Wash U Dining Services chefs will sample grass-fed beef from Rain Crow Ranch, a southern Missouri farm specializing in sustainably produced grass-fed beef. Wash U Dining Services recently announced its commitment to purchase all of the ground beef it serves at the university (about 18,000 pounds per year) from Rain Crow Ranch.
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A free screening will begin at 6pm in Washington University’s May Auditorium in Simon Hall, followed by panel discussion that will be moderated by Washington University dietitian Connie Diekman. The film director, Graham Meriwether, will introduce the film.
Panelists will include Peter Whisnant, president of Rain Crow Ranch; Dr. Ray Massey, an agricultural economist with the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture Program; and Washington University Dining Campus Executive Chef John Griffiths, known for his innovative approach to working directly with local farmers from the region.
American Meat screening at Washington University, May Auditorium in Simon Hall. Visit assemblyseries.wustl.edu for parking and directions.
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