We’re serving up controversy in March. We’re reading Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly by James E. McWilliams. McWilliams is a history professor at Texas State University, and he’s written some controversial pieces for national publications like the New York Times (such as this one where he wrote that factory-farm raised pork is safer than free-range pork, which raised questions from heavy-hitters like Marion Nestle, Mark Bittman, and others). And he’s ended up defending his position in the national public arena, too (like this response on The Atlantic.com). In recent posts for The New York Times Freakonomics blog, he’s even questioned whether farmers markets really are good for communities.
Chances are you’ve got an opinion one way or another, so join us Tuesday, March 9, at 6pm, in the clubroom at LivonFifth (2201 5th Avenue South in Birmingham). We’ll nibble, sip, and have a lively discussion!