Come on! Let the Cameras Through – American Meat

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Joel Salatin has opened his doors to the public. He has willingly explained his mission behind Polyface Farm and has allowed various camera crews to film him as he prepares the chicken for the marketplace and for human consumption. At his farm, Salatin removes the mystery behind meat. He thrives on honesty, and serves as an example of how Americans can reconnect with the food on their plate.

Many people who eat meat prepared by commodity farms accept this mystery. As they cut into their chicken or steak, they allow ignorance to take over. Why think about the death of the chicken or cow when about to eat it? These thoughts only lead to appetite loss.

While I understand this thought process, people need to become more skeptical of commodity meat. If we cannot legally and freely film the process of meat production in commodity farms, then there is probably a good reason people should lose their appetite. Wouldn’t it be a relief to eat a piece of chicken and know about the farmer who raised it? To take a bite of meat and not worry contracting a disease from contamination caused by mass production?

An article posted by the New York Times in April “Taping of Farm Cruelty Is Becoming a Crime” by Richard A. Oppel ( highlights this growing issue. If we have to sneak into commodity farms to show America what they are eating, then there is a reason to try to expose why much of our food has become a mystery.

The flip side of this argument makes sense. People who film hidden footage of these commodity films can edit it to look misleading—shaky film, scary music, and with an agenda set in mind. Should hidden footage be considered a felony? I don’t think so. Should it be illegal? Well, let’s discuss…

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