Friday, July 8, 2011

American Meat

26 Comments:

Blogger Jocelyn said...

Oh HELL YEAH! Love it!

July 8, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I just finished reading the Omnivore's Dilemma- thanks for posting that! So cool to get a real little glimpse of PolyFace! If I didn't live in Canada I would have driven right down there as soon as I read about it.

July 8, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

It's all about the QUALITY !

July 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

any idea where I can watch the documentary in whole ?

July 8, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I'm spreadin' that all over FB. Yeah, where can we watch the whole thing?

July 8, 2011 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger quiltaholic said...

Amen to that!

July 8, 2011 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Rosie said...

I am selling my home and moving to a ranch to do this. REALLY! I am so lucky.

July 8, 2011 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

I'm able to get, from our local FoodShed, meat raised by one of Joel's former apprentices. Chicken and pork especially. There's no comparison to factory meat. I've got a whole bunch of it in the freezer right now and had his Wintersgrass bacon for breakfast. Great video. Is it a trailer for a new movie?

July 8, 2011 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Amy McPherson Sirk said...

I don't have a ranch but I do have a third of an acre on which I grow enough organic veggies for my family and for my CSA clients. I have chickens for eggs, meat and manure. I buy grass fed beef twice a year from some very nice guys down the road. I am also a single mother who has no help from a husband or extended family. Americans eat too much meat. By reducing the amount of meat we consume, my daughter and I have the luxury of completely eschewing CAFO meat. Someday I'll have acreage but for now I'm learning to turn a profit on the land I have.

July 8, 2011 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Oops! I went back to see it again - it's a trailer.

July 8, 2011 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

It really winds me up when I hear the argument that we can't produce a sufficient *quantity* of meat in this manner. People need to get their heads around the idea that we don't need to eat nearly as much meat as we do. I'm no vegetarian, but come on, no one needs meat every single day (or anywhere close to that). The guy who said that a mother feeding her family just needs cheap protein? Sure, that's true. How about some beans and eggs? How about we trade in the ribeye for an inexpensive chuck roast? We've become spoiled and entitled. Sorry - rant over. :-/

July 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Does anybody know where we can see this in it's entirety?

July 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger redbird said...

Love that moving chicken house thing. Thanks for sharing again. Nice to know I’m not the only one who would go instantly buy a plot of land if I won the lottery so I could just farm. No sports cars, just a pickup.

July 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Hi Jenna,

I work in a bookstore in Southern California, and I received a galley of your new book. I'm about 50 pages in, and loving it! I can't wait to get home and keep reading.

July 8, 2011 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Cortney said...

Fantastic video- thanks for sharing!

July 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

Thanks Jenna. You keep as all so well informed.

July 8, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger bree said...

Not all of us are farmers but we are all eaters. Refuse to eat the crap that factory farms are putting out there. I buy local, organic eggs and meat. There is no better way to improve the lives of animals and improve your health.

July 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger L said...

Excellent! Thanks! Did you see this starting business? Thought you might enjoy it too!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/farmrun/butchery-instructional-web-series-from-farmstead-m

July 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Rach Huddleston said...

Joel in on my list of people i'd like to meet in person. Jenna is on that list too! Inspirational!!!

July 8, 2011 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Rant away Tara - I totally agree. His was a lame comment.

I too am a single mom living on a 1/3 acre and raise a lot of our own food, especially meat (lamb, chicken, rabbit). Days go by, especially in summer, with no meat on the plate. Lots of greens, lots of filling root veggies in fall and winter, lots of fruit, plus rice, beans, pastas.

When we do have meat I use veggies to augment the dish, so I can make a stew that will last a few meals with only a 1/2 pound of lamb stew meat. Or, one chicken thigh person with all the side dishes. Some people think it's rationing, but it's not. We're just eating way more fruits and veggies than most people.

I looked on the film's website to find info about the full length movie with no luck, so Jenna if you find out about the full movie please share:)

July 8, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Tell me I'm not the only one with a huge crush on Joel Salatin (with apologies to his wife)!

July 8, 2011 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger chesapeake said...

100% certain I could hear Joel Salatin speak every day of my life.

He speaks the truth.

Thanks for the reminder to hunt down my own local meat; found a nearby farm that is taking orders for August! Yay!

July 8, 2011 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

*I was in NO way trying to put pressure on anyone who is ACTUALLY STRUGGLING to get themselves or their family fed. I just know way too many people who could easily afford to cut back on their meat consumption and get better quality, but they either can't be bothered or they won't do it because they'd no longer be able to afford expensive cuts all the time.

Just thought I'd better make that clear. I'd love to see this whole film too.

July 8, 2011 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger mmgreenough said...

Thanks for sharing! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!

July 9, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger farmgirljen said...

Thank you for this! Makes me even prouder to know that this week I'm butchering 14 birds we raised on our own farm. Hallalujah! Keep spreading the good word. We can do this! WE HAVE TO! Nothing less than our world depends on it.

July 9, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I mentioned this on the Wall Street post but it's a whole lot more appropriate here. I hope everyone will read Salatin's book "The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer." It makes so much sense that it makes it hard to understand why conventional farming went so off track years ago. My husband and I are so proud of our chicken tractors (or egg mobiles, as Salatin calls them) and they certainly lead to happy chickens. What Salatin so clearly points out is that farming is an honorable profession which should be respected as such, compensated at a fair rate, and recognized for its true importance in our society. As a child, I remember being dissuaded by adults when I said I wanted to be a farmer - even those who were farmers themselves! I think farming has suffered from very bad PR for too long and people like Jenna, those reading her blog, and Salatin will change this for the better. Raise your pitchforks, people!

July 9, 2011 at 8:41 PM  

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