James McWilliams

James McWilliams is an associate professor of history at Texas State University, San Marcos, and author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly.

  • Good Food: Who Can Afford It?

    A group of college students tries to eat responsibly for a week, with mixed results--and sobering conclusions.

  • In Africa, Fighting AIDS By Farming

    A young woman sets up an program to promote nutrition in Rwandans living with HIV/AIDS.

  • The Fate of Obama's Turkey Pardons

    Every Thanksgiving, the president saves two birds from slaughter. What happens to them next?

  • The Real Value of Organic Food

    Arguing over the nutritional value of organics misses the point: the movement was never about numbers.

  • Funding the Future of Organic Farming

    Venture capital firms look to "clean tech" as the new industry for their dollars. Will farming get a piece of the pie?

  • The Hangover Cure With a Catch

    A scientist has a way to remove the headache-causing properties from many wines. But there is a catch: it's made with genetically modified yeast. Why this new development could pave the way for widespread labeling of genetically modified products.

  • The Mystery of Spain's Sublime Ham

    Food-lovers have long praised Jamon Iberico as a sustainable, humane way to eat ham. But the pigs that go into this prized ham may not be as happy or well-fed as its many fans think. Welcome to the world of trying to figure out how food is made.

  • Is Free-Range Pork Really Riskier?

    A controversial New York Times column argued free-range pork has a significantly higher risk of carrying some very dangerous diseases. Reaction was sharp and immediate. Here, the author defends himself from his critics--and explains his funding.

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

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Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

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The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

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Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

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Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

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Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

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