Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming?

Washington, D.C. Premiere Almost all of the animals we eat in this country are raised in so-called “confinement” operations – indoor facilities that house thousands of chickens, cows or hogs. Considering that humans have raised domesticated animals for thousands of years, this style of production is a new experiment. There are rising concerns about the impact of industrial farming on our health, the environment, local communities and the welfare of the animals. This is the story of farmers who raise animals outdoors, in diversified operations. Some would call them backward, but these farmers believe they are on the cutting edge of animal agriculture. The film focuses on industrial animal food operations and several alternative animal farming systems, looking at chicken farms in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, dairy farms in northern Pennsylvania and hog farms in central North Carolina. Directed by Allen Moore. Produced by the Center for a Livable Future and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

“Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, Wine” program welcome by Kathy Sweeney-Hammond, Academic Affairs Director, Maret School. Introduced by Andrea Meditch, Chair, Development Committee, Maret School. Discussion with Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming? filmmaker Allen Moore and his student film crew follows program.

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