Eating Promiscuously – James McWilliams

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You probably don’t expect an Anglican priest to write a blog post in favour of promiscuous behaviour, but that is precisely what I intend to do in this post. However, this post isn’t about promiscuity as it relates to our sexual behaviour, but rather the way in which we eat. Eating Promiscuously: Adventures in the Future of Food is an effort by James McWilliams, an historian living in Texas, to encourage people to rethink the way we eat.

Eating Promiscuously cover The cover of Eating Promiscuously.

Eating Promiscuously begins with the premise that we don’t need to reform agriculture, but rather we need to rethink it entirely.  After defining agriculture and industrial agriculture, he immediately asks an intriguing question: Given that we’ve been practicing agriculture for such a tiny portion of our existence, what makes us think we’ve gotten it right?” The rest of the book then becomes a thought exercise in…

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