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James McWilliams is "a historian and writer who's books include Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong, How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America. My writing on food, agriculture, and animals has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, Slate, Forbes, Travel and Leisure, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Texas Observer."

  • Cowspiracy
    It has long been a source of frustration for the Pitchfork that so-called environmental leaders refuse to embrace eating an exclusively plant-based diet as an integral part of a larger environmental mission. I first wrote about the topic here and have since become so disillusioned with the sordid cant of conventional environmentalism that (with my tongue (...more)
    24 Apr 2014 at 5:28am       

  • Forest Hills and Hens
    There was an intriguing and generally well-framed piece on backyard chickens in the Times yesterday. The story centers on a Queens family—the Sayes—who purchased hens so their 5-year old daughter Scarlet could eat hormone-free eggs. Nothing would seem especially notable about this situation except for the fact that the Queens family lives (...more)
    20 Apr 2014 at 7:46am       

  • The Craven Cliven Hoedown
    Cliven Bundy is either the smartest or dumbest gaucho on the range. Here’s his claim to fame: he mooched 20 years’ worth of grazing fees from the Bureau of Land Management and, when the BLM moved in to settle up, he tapped a populist-prone and hardware-wielding posse to protect his clean $1 million in unpaid dues. [...] (...more)
    18 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm       

  • The Economics of Animal Welfare
    Pistol v. Poleax: a Handbook on Humane Slaughter was published in London in 1932. The book's opening line explains, “If there is one quality in the British character which is so ingrained as to be almost universal, it is love of animals and hatred of unnecessary cruelty.” This sentiment underscores the book's 500+ page effort [...] (...more)
    18 Apr 2014 at 6:15am       

  • Hunting and Hate Speech
    Language– in particular the ability to harness it’s power to tell stories—is arguably a phenomenon that makes us unique as humans. Whether or not this ability confers upon us special moral status is a topic of debate, but as as I see it, while the ability to forge narratives enriches life in an essential way, [...] (...more)
    16 Apr 2014 at 11:45am       

  • The Tyranny of TED
    The Food Movement—in its fervent quest to revive nonindustrial animal farming as a “humane” alternative to industrial agriculture—follows an increasingly tyrannical TED talk script to reach the mainstream. In instructing consumers to pay more to support animals who are killed after being loved, it accomplishes the very TED-like (...more)
    16 Apr 2014 at 4:53am       

  • How Much Do You Cost?
    An interesting piece in today’s Times’ business page, written by a Princeton economist, explores an idea that we rarely consider and may not want to: the fact that we routinely place monetary value on human life. The conventional default position is to get all righteous and say something like “all human life is sacred”; that (...more)
    11 Apr 2014 at 3:22pm       

  • When You Support Eating Animals You Support Industrial Ag
      The desire to eat meat often lands anti-industrial food crusaders in the sack with some strange bedfellows. When a recent study—one that turned out to have severe problems—claimed that saturated fats didn’t correlate with heart disease, the foodie elite exalted the research as justification for eating “humane” animal (...more)
    10 Apr 2014 at 2:28pm       

  • Major Tom Foolery
    We all can’t stand industrial agriculture as we know it. So we try to make consumer choices to avoid its abuses. There are many ways to resist the machine, but—as I have repeatedly argued—the absolute most effective way to challenge agribusiness is to stop eating animal products and start eating an exclusive diet of whole [...] (...more)
    9 Apr 2014 at 11:45am       

  • The World's Unlikeliest Vegan
    Photo: Karl Thibodeaux and/or GreenSourceDFW.org Rarely do I use the Pitchfork for promotional purposes, but this instance is different. My friend and unlikely vegan activist Big Bald Mike is writing one of the most honest and hard hitting vegan conversion narratives that I’ve ever read. The honestly and rawness of BBM’s story instills it (...more)
    8 Apr 2014 at 10:57am       





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