Bringing Animal Welfare to 21st Century Agriculture

Dickinson College Organic Farm

Students work on the Dickinson College organic farm. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

A look at sustainable and ethical food practices

Renowned writer, historian and animal advocate James McWilliams will discuss sustainability and ethical farming practices during his talk at Dickinson, “Bringing Animal Welfare to 21st Century Agriculture,” on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Stern Center Great Room.

McWilliams will explore efforts to move toward more sustainable and ethical food practices, like pastured, cage-free and grass-fed systems, and their shortcomings. He also will examine what additional changes can be made to address animal-welfare concerns in food production.

McWilliams is a professor of history at Texas State University. He is author of The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals, Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Paris Review Daily, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s and The Washington Post. He writes “The Things We Eat” column at Pacific Standard, where he is a contributing writer.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability Education. The Clarke Forum’s student project managers initiated this program, which is also part of the Clarke Forum’s 2016 fall semester theme: “Food.”

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Published October 27, 2016