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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Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

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The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

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Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

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Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

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