Carbon Cowboy Dinner and Roots So Deep Screening

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Guests are invited to join us for a screening of the Roots So Deep documentary at Brody Hall on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. A special dinner will take place before the screening in the all-you-care-to-eat dining hall Brody Square. If you plan to attend the dinner, please note you will need to use a campus dining plan or pay the door rate of $13 plus tax (no tax for MSU students).

“Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there)” is a 4-part documentary series all about inventive farmers and maverick scientists building a path to solving climate change with hooves, heart and soil.

Can an underutilized way to graze cattle, that mimics the way bison once roamed the land, help get farmers out of debt, restore our depleted soils, rebuild wildlife habitat and draw down huge amounts of carbon? Cattle have been seen as eco-villains for a long time. What if they can help save us from catastrophic climate change?

“Roots So Deep” is guided by director and wrangler of scientists Peter Byck as he meets farmers on both sides of the fence – the folks practicing an adaptive way to graze, and their neighbors set in their family’s generations-old method of doing things. Byck’s team of outcast scientists are measuring what’s happening on both sides of the fences – exploring if this adaptive grazing could help slow down climate change.

After the screening, we will have a special Q&A panel that will include director Peter Byck.

See below for an event agenda. If you plan to participate in the screening, please note the room is limited to 200 guests. We have closed online registration; however, there may be space available to guests who come to the auditorium at the time of the screening.


5:30 p.m. - Pre-screening Dinner (Optional)
Guests can enjoy an optional pre-screening dinner at Brody Square (upstairs in Brody Hall) starting at 5:30 p.m. The menu will include beef from Mitchell Cat Creek Farm, which is currently practicing regenerative agriculture in Hershey, MI. If you plan to attend the dinner, you will need to use a campus dining plan or pay the door rate of $13 plus tax (no tax for MSU students).

6:30-8:30 p.m. - Roots So Deep Screening
Screening of the Roots So Deep documentary in the Brody Hall Auditorium.

8:30 p.m. - Q&A Panel
A question and answer panel will follow the screening. Director Peter Byck will be participating in the panel discussion, along with Dr. Jason Rowntree and Dr. Janice Swanson.


Dinner Menu

-Beef Stew*
-Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes"
-Homemade Biscuits
-Roasted Butternut Squash
-Herb Pilaf
-Grecian Quinoa Salad
Veg Out
-Beet Gnocchi with Fresh Herbs**
-Lemon Zesty Broccoli
-Shirazi Salad**
-Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip**
-Daikon Radish Fries**
-Hash Beef Mexican (Picadillo)*
-Chopped Cheese Sandwiches*
-Cowboy Roll
-Szechuan Beef Stir Fry
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-Beef Italian Sausage Lasagna
*Features beef from local farmers
**Features product from the MSU Student Organic Farm



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