GRAHAM MERIWETHER

Documentary Director, Founder of Leave It Better

What can we collectively do to heal our environment, to leave our communities better for those who follow? What will our legacy be? 

These questions are central to the work we do at Leave It Better-questions we grapple with in every project we're a part of.

In our first documentary, "American Meat", we take a pragmatic look at our meat industry. Beginning with a history of our current industrial system, the feedlots and confinement operations are unveiled, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the story shifts to Polyface Farms, where the Salatin family has developed an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution. Nationwide, a local-food movement of farmers, chefs, and everyday people has taken root… But could it ever feed us all?

We're in the thick of post-production on our second feature- Farmers For America: There's a shift underway in American agriculture, a shift as surprising as it is necessary. With the average age of the farmer close to 60 years old, a new generation is called upon with the challenging and virtuous task of feeding America. Farms are disappearing from rural America, and with them, farming cultures and communities. Meanwhile, urbanites increasingly seek connections to the land through food, and demand for local and organic food soars beyond the current supply. Farmers For America is both a story and a call to action based on the critical question, "Who will feed America?"

Graham Meriwether is a proud co-founder of the Filmshop.

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