30 Minutes, 2013
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The dominant model for producing meat, milk and eggs in the U.S. is large-scale confinement operations that often pollute the local environment and can severely degrade the quality of life for their neighbors. But, Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming? profiles farmers like dairyman Ron Holter, of Jefferson, MD, who has bucked this trend by raising his cows on pasture, in spite of occasional ridicule from nearby farmers, and never regretted the switch; and David Whitman, who for more than 35 years has been raising hogs outdoors in Duplin County, N.C., where large confinement operations are rife. The film discusses how alternative production methods can improve the quality of life for farmers, their neighbors, and the local environment. Some think these alternative farming models are part of a larger vision for a more sustainable food system.
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