by Maria Deloso, ’15
Appetite for Change and the Stanford Food Project would like to invite you to Meat Your Farmers at 7pm in Annenberg Auditorium this Thursday, Februrary 7th. The event will consist of a film screening of the pro-farmer documentary American Meat, introduced by film director Graham Meriwether, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Debra Dunn (d.school) on the feasibility of sustainable meat. Panelists include Maisie Greenawalt (Bon Appetit Management Company), Rosamond Naylor (Woods Institute, Earth Systems department), Vasile Stanescu (Program in Modern Thought and Literature) and David Evans (Marin Sun Farms).
Films related to meat and animal products tend to focus on the negative (though important) issues surrounding confined animal feedlot operations (or CAFOs, as the USDA likes the call them). American Meat attempts to change this dynamic by offering the point of view of farmers who believe in what they do. The documentary looks at CAFO farmers struggling to get by as a result of corporate consolidation that has resulted, for example, in the top four pork producers controlling nearly 70 percent of the market in the United States (GAO). Given the problems at hand, the film ends with the provocative argument that grass-fed meat and more farmers are the solution to the problem.
With our panelists, we are excited to get a taste of several sides of the debate on what the term “sustainable meat” means. Rosamond Naylor has done studies on the environmental effects of global meat production and food security issues. David Evans run a small, local, farm selling grass-fed beef (which you can find in the burger section of the Stanford dining halls). Vasile Stanescu teaches the PWR class “The Rhetoric of Animals, Food, and the Environment,” and has written papers including “Green Eggs and Ham? The Myth of Sustainable Meat and the Danger of the Local.” Maisie Greenawalt has worked within Bon Appetit to encourage the purchase of better products such as selling cage-free eggs and phasing out pork raised in gestation crates. Last but not least, Debra Dunn from the d.school will be moderating the discussion to see the panelists views on their views for a better future.
A limited number of burritos will be offered for those who arrive early, so eating beforehand is recommended. However, all attendees will receive free Chipotle burrito cards.
This event is also co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Food Forum, Students for a Sustainable Stanford, Program in Modern Thought and Literature, Haas Center, STATIC, SPOON, and Chipotle.
Maria Deloso is a sophomore majoring in Earth Systems. She’s interested in how our food choices can create a larger impact on our planet. Meet her in person at Thursday’s event, or email her your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.