Another Attack on Meat By A Vegan Warrior and Mouthpiece for Big Agra

Monday, April 23, 2012
Posted in category Eco-Agriculture

Recently, the New York Times opinion page ran a trash piece by James E. McWilliams called “The Myth of Sustainable Meat.” First off, it is very important to note that McWilliams is a left-wing environmental professor, animal rights activist, and vegan. McWilliams is also not a farmer, but rather, he is an academic who teaches environmental history and writes often about why everyone should worship the at the alter of vegetarianism. He also has a history of attacking the Locavore movement, small farm organics, and grass-fed meat while defending GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Organizations).

Additionally, McWilliams attacks eco-agriculture with the zeal of man who is in the back pocket of Big Agriculture. In fact, many astute writers have attacked his books and articles that read like a collective lobbying manual for Big Agra. Most notably, he wrote a previous article for the New York Times, in 2009, that was a duplicitous, fear-mongering piece condemning humanely-raised, pastured pork (and promoting CAFO-industrial pork) that concluded this:

The fact that we’ve lost our way and found ourselves locked in the mess of factory farming, should not deter us from realizing that — if we genuinely hope to produce pork that’s safe and tasty — instead of setting the animal world partly free, we might have to take greater control of it. Do not underestimate the importance of this challenge. After all, if clean and humane methods of production cannot be developed, there’s only one ethical choice left for the conscientious consumer: a pork-free diet.

To make just one point about this article, one must pay attention to the fine print. Five days after the article was published, the NYT editors took their heads out of their asses and appended the article with this point:

Editors’ Note: April 14, 2009

An Op-Ed article last Friday, about pork, neglected to disclose the source of the financing for a study finding that free-range pigs were more likely than confined pigs to test positive for exposure to certain pathogens. The study was financed by the National Pork Board.

Always follow the money and always pay attention to the political objectives of folks who produce perverted facts, biased studies, and politically-charged arguments that incriminate those who oppose their assorted personal religions and/or compete against their corporate state, butt-kissing benefactors. Not surprisingly, for the last few years, McWilliams has penned his eco-ag misinformation and meat hate screeds all over the pages of The Atlantic.

Fortunately, the brilliant farmer and author, Joel Salatin, took on the McWilliams piece and he deconstructed the profusion of errors and madness point-by-point. Salatin concludes his piece with this:

At Polyface, we only purport to be doing the best we can do as we struggle through a deviant, historically abnormal food and farming system. We didn’t create what is and we may not solve it perfectly. But we’re sure a lot farther toward real solutions than McWilliams can imagine. And if society would move where we want to go, and the government regulators would let us move where we need to go, and the industry would not try to criminalize us as we try to go there, we’ll all be a whole lot better off and the earthworms will dance.

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4 Responses to Another Attack on Meat By A Vegan Warrior and Mouthpiece for Big Agra

  1. Bob Wallace says:

    April 23rd, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Vegetarians kill things. They just kill things that can’t run away.

  2. William says:

    April 24th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    What a nitwit this bag of wind is! I live in a university town, and see these types all day long. Interesting thing is, I’ve seen many vegan/vegetarians who have preached to me about the virtues of their religion, in restaurants chomping down on burgers when they think people aren’t looking.

    I spent two decades eating the government high carb diet, and couldn’t figure out why I felt like hell all the time. After discovering Art DeVany, Richard Nikoley, and Mark Sisson three and a half years ago, my life changed. I went from 292 pounds to 220 pounds, at a height of 6’4″. Gone was a racing heart, painful joints, chronic sinisutis, bloated stomach, lethargy and a general shitty attitude. Now, creeps like this want me to go back to my previous way of eating. Cold day in hell my friend!

    By the way, I’m 57, and since going paleo/primal, twenty somethings can’t keep up with me

  3. Nancy Piscatello says:

    April 27th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Absolutely love your latest post, Karen. You are spot on with regards to the truth behind all this veg*an crap. I was one for many years. My first born had allergies, eczema, asthma and her teeth were decayed as they emerged from the gums. Great diet for making kids….
    This veg*an agenda is all a part of the larger picture called Agenda 21. It’s the UN’s idea of greening the planet. What it really is is a plan to take our rights, our land and our healthful food: animal products being the biggest part. Veg*an diets are great for globalized food where everything is made out of GMO grains and soy. Mmmm mmmm, good.
    Sadly, this is being done the globe over. Thanks for the great information! Keep informing!!

  4. Melody S. Nye says:

    May 21st, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I had several customers share the NYT op ed link. Of course I don’t agree with McWilliams; I am biased. We chose a life path in our 50s to make change by being the change. Specifically raising and husbanding pigs. Beyond the rational that control equals success what’s really missing is the humanity of the hog. Respecting, promoting and honoring a social animal’s preference to live outside. Routing, roaming, running, barking and playing. Is it beyond the conscious to treat an animal humanely? If we put a person in a gestation crate space and expected it to live its life in such extreme confinement it would be a crime against humanity. But for the efficiencies of production to feed humans at the lowest price point possible it’s ok? It’s not. But each individual can effect change to this system. And a huge thanks to those that do.

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