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Graham Meriwether, August 6, 2012

Graham Meriwether is producer, director, and cinematographer for American Meat, a wide-ranging presentation of animal-raising practices in the United States. It took several years to make, mostly because Graham tried to be fair, which meant getting to know the farmers on all sides of the question about industrial agriculture. This striving for fairness makes the film a moral experiment, and Graham talks in the interview about the reception he got from farmers, especially young farmers, when they realized that his movie attempts to tell all sides of the story.

This interview can also be downloaded as a video podcast (303.2 MB) or as an audio file (.mp3 – 54.1 MB). A transcript is available as a Word document or pdf.

American Meat documents several livestock operations, some part of industrial agriculture, others offering an alternative to that model. Graham Merriwether, the producer, director, and cinematographer for the project, took years to do the research and video, mostly because he was trying to be fair and to get to know all the parties to this great dispute about how animals should be treated and how meat can be produced. In this interview, he discusses the consequences of this even-handed approach: the reception of the film among young and established livestock farmers.

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