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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Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.

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Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

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What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

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Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

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The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?

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