Health, the environment, ethics, animal rights, because you want a hot bod, because it makes you feel good about yourself. They're all reasons to go ...
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Industrialized animal agriculture has a lot to answer for when it comes to its impact on animal welfare, the environment, and the livelihood of family farms.
According to James McWilliams, author of Just Food, supporting small-scale farms and eating close to the source are only minor gestures in what must be a complex, global re-examination of food production and distribution.
"Eat local" has become such a commonly cited slogan that it's starting to lose its punch. You know an idea is getting shop-worn when major food retail...
Plastic-wrapped fruits, says James McWilliams in the New York Times' Freakonomics blog, are a good thing, not just for ensuring my son eats his apple ...
In the end, McWilliams comes off as a bitter and snarky outsider. His argument is weakened by his obvious bitterness and cheapened by its lopsidedness.
The problem with McWilliams' argument is its irrelevance. To devote an entire book to debunking the impulse to eat closer to home doesn't address the points raised by food and farm activists.
Sandwiched between the caricatures of loco locavores and McWilliams' hey-ho-GMO cheerleading, lies the meat of the matter; we can't go on eating animals like this.
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