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  • Summary: American Meat is a solutions-oriented documentary chronicling the current state of the U.S. meat industry. First explaining how America arrived at our current industrial system, the story shifts to the present day, showing the feedlots and confinement houses, not through hidden cameras but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the documentary introduces the revolution taking root in animal husbandry, led by the charismatic and passionate Joel Salatin. Stories are shared of farmers across the country who have changed their life to start grass-based farms, and everyday solutions highlight actions people can make to support America's agriculture. Collapse
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 11, 2013
    70
    Although Graham Meriwether’s film is far less incendiary than such similarly themed efforts as "Food, Inc." and "Fast Food Nation," it nonetheless offers considerable — pardon the pun — food for thought in its exploration of modern-day cattle, hog and chicken production.
  2. Reviewed by: Araceli Cruz
    Apr 9, 2013
    50
    American Meat won't fully counter the negative sentiment that the meat industry has, but it's not entirely propaganda, either.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 11, 2013
    40
    There’s a good chunk of info for those eager to know how the sausage gets made, as well as the facts of life and death surrounding what we consume. You just have to pluck the PR feathers and find the good parts.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 11, 2013
    40
    The film’s ending, introducing farmers whose lives (and weight) have been changed for the better, sounds enough like an infomercial to undermine the whole enterprise.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Apr 11, 2013
    38
    Despite the intensity of its scope and research, American Meat is a decidedly soft-hitting display of an overweening good faith that, frankly, just can't jibe with the times.

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