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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."

  • The Paradox of Expertise
    Noah Berlatsky writes in the Los Angeles Review of Books: RECENTLY I WROTE a story about Star Wars and science fiction for The Atlantic. The comments section, as these things will, featured a large number of people telling me that I was unqualified to write about the topic because I hadn't read enough sci-fi books, or hadn't read [...] (...more)
    22 Jan 2015 at 7:15am       

  • The Chicago Tribune On Eating Meat
      As promised, I will spend more time this year dedicating space to viewpoints that I deeply oppose. This is especially the case for the following excerpt, which comes from a review of my book,  The Modern Savage. As will be evident to anyone familiar with basic animal ethics, the author’s reasoning would fail an [...] (...more)
    17 Jan 2015 at 12:46pm       

  • Is Foie Gras Unimportant?
    Mark Bittman's recent column on California's overturn of the state's foie gras ban is—for lack of a better term—weird. Really weird. The gist is that Bittman thinks we're paying too much attention to the cruelty of foie gras—“the most overrated of luxury ingredients”—while ignoring the reality that the vast majority of animal agriculture (...more)
    15 Jan 2015 at 4:07pm       

  • The Times Scrambles Story On Eggs
    Early last week the animal activist group Direct Action Everywhere released a harrowing video based on an undercover investigation of Petaluma Farms, a Northern California operation that supplies eggs to Whole Foods and Organic Valley. In it, hundreds of chickens are shown crammed into sheds and suffering several obvious ailments, including respiratory (...more)
    12 Jan 2015 at 10:26am       

  • Whole Foods Cracked Open
    If you haven’t headed over to The Daily Pitchfork ( here’s what you’re missing out on: This new Whole Foods ad appeals to the increasingly popular dictum to know where your food comes from. It reads: “Know What Kind Of Life Your Dinner Lived.” On the face of it, the movement to better understand the [...] (...more)
    10 Jan 2015 at 9:43am       

  • Subscribe Button is Now Up at The Daily Pitchfork!
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    9 Jan 2015 at 8:31am       

  • The Daily Pitchfork Is Live
    I’ve been alluding to this project for a while now and, finally, it has come to fruition. I introduce you to The Daily Pitchfork. The site is dedicated to evaluating and exploring the intersection of animals and the media. To keep up with my posts, you should head to the site and subscribe (it’s free) [...] (...more)
    6 Jan 2015 at 8:02am       

  • Resolutions
    Happy New Year friends. The upcoming year will see some changes here at The Pitchfork. Much of the critical commentary on eating animals and animal rights will take place on a new site, which will be launched in the next few days, called The Daily Pitchfork. TDP will focus specifically on the media’s coverage of [...] (...more)
    1 Jan 2015 at 2:56pm       

  • “Sheepwrecked”
    The following quote is from George Monbiot’s most recent Guardian column. It’s worth reading in full, but for now: “[W]hile researching my book Feral, I came to see that our perception of free-range meat has also been sanitised. The hills of Britain have been sheepwrecked – stripped of their vegetation, emptied of wildlife, shorn of (...more)
    30 Dec 2014 at 11:36am       

  • Beef and Global Warming Denial
    In her recent op-ed salvo, this one in the Wall Street Journal, Nicolette Hahn Niman, a vegetarian rancher (which, really, strikes me as kind of like an “Amish carpet bomber”) tells us that, in fact, a global consensus of environmental science has it all backwards and that she, again, a rancher, wants us to know [...] (...more)
    28 Dec 2014 at 3:58am       

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