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FMTV - American Meat

American Meat

Runtime: 84m 41s | Release date: 2013

This film features: Joel Salatin.

American Meat is a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America.

Beginning with a history of our 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?


Please be advised that although we feel there are important messages in this film, we also acknowledge that there may be conflicting ideologies that challenge beliefs. We like to encourage our viewers to do their own diligent research to determine which is the right approach for them as we regard nutrition and health as being highly individualized and not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Additionally, the following footage contains graphic imagery that may be disturbing /upsetting to some viewers.


Joel Salatin
Chuck Wirtz
Fred Kirschenmann
Steve Ells
Paul Willis


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Jean | 1 year, 1 month ago
I think I cannot watch anymore of this ........ just breaks my heart when I look at those little piggies ........ they are so cute. I usually don't eat pork anyway ...... and I think I will reconsider eating ANY meat.
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Amy Iken | 1 year, 2 months ago
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Such an excellent film and well worth my time!! I love how this reaffirms my latest craze to clean up my backyard and get back to growing my own fruits and veggies. I now have an added purpose and vigor for gardening. Time to turn the soil!! :)
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Ivory David | FMTV | 1 year, 2 months ago
We appreciate your kind words Amy, this is one of my favorites as well! ~ Ivory :)
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EmsMed1 | 1 year, 3 months ago | Edited 1 year, 3 months ago
.....Well, that was time well spent. I know a lot more about what farmers go through. Had a hunch, and this documentary did not disappoint !!! It reaffirms my belief that "Although its expensive to be healthy & eat healthy organic food, it is worth it !!!" After being in the medical business over 40 years, it is a lot more expensive to be unhealthy, sick, and live a poor quality of life via... medications, medical/surgical procedure because of poor unhealthy eating & living. (Which is avoidable, you make that decision with what you put into your body and that of your family... that choice is so powerful)
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 year, 3 months ago
Very well said, EmsMed1! Thanks for watching and for sharing your insights about this topic! :) ~ Iris
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Almeda Peer | 1 year, 3 months ago
Well, that is time wasted that I will never get back! I really admire the farming methods Joel Salatin has developed BUT looking at the big picture we cannot possibly feed a population of 7 billion people on grass raised animal flesh. Just because I can afford grass fed meat, doesn't mean I should eat it, because the majority of people in the world can't, and i want to be the change I want to see in the world. It is obscene that we are eating that much meat and science shows that a higher plant based diet is far healthier. The food being cooked in Joel's kitchen turned my stomach. The only good thing about this documentary is that it shows that the food system is broken and very unhealthy for the people involved.
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Kirstyn Smotherman | 10 months, 1 week ago
I agree with Joel Salatin's method of raising farm animals. Cows, chickens, etc and pastures were meant to live in harmony with one another. It is so unwise to separate them. Likewise with separating the mother animals from their young. I also agree that there's not enough humanely-produced meat to satisfy everyone's tastes. Hence, a plant-based diet is definitely a better option for the overwhelming majority of americans, especially considering that most live far away from food production, and don't have the land needed to raise their own animals.
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Leeanne Hibbert | 1 year, 3 months ago
Great insight into farming practices and the changes you can make if you want to go back to nature.
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Roberta Bolus | 1 year, 3 months ago
Really good! Worth watching!
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Kaitlyn Merrifield | 1 year, 3 months ago
I love listening to Joel Salatin. I learn something every time.

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