Pre-order The Modern Savage

» September 4th, 2014

My forthcoming book, The Modern Savage, is now available for pre-order (links are below). The book provides a sustained and deeply critical examination of small-scale nonindustrial animal agriculture, exposing this generally celebrated alternative to factory farming as riddled with inherent ethical, environmental, and economic problems. If you plan to buy the book, doing so now rather than after publication would be very helpful. I’m deeply appreciative.



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17 Responses to Pre-order The Modern Savage

  1. Teresa Wagner says:

    Looking forward to it! Will go to Amazon now. . .

  2. Karen Orr says:

    I just ordered two.

    Looking forward to it!

  3. Celia White says:

    Awesome! I can’t wait to read it.

  4. Charlie Talbert says:

    Thank you, James, for shining a light on the robust myths of small-scale animal agriculture. Looking forward to reading your book.

  5. Karen Harris says:

    Just ordered a copy on Amazon.
    Just wish I could read it sooner!!

  6. unethical_vegan says:

    I’ve been actively avoiding animal-based organic and animal-based small farm produce for over a decade. I have been lucky enough to find a few local farms that grow low-pesticide produce and use synthetic fertilizer. I am also huge advocate of the use of recycled human waste to grow crops and specifically seek out produce that is grown with biosolids. Sadly many vegans become quite hostile when I suggest that large scale farmed food might be a better “vegan” option than local/organic produce.

    I’ve never understood why animal-based agriculture (e.g. organic) receives so much support in the veg*n community. Animals and their products have not been required for agricultural nitrogen inputs since the Haber-Bosch process was industrialized in 1913. Moreover, the nitrogen animals excrete comes from incredibly inefficient and environmentally-destructive factory farm agriculture.

    It’s time for the veg*n community to start challenging organic/small farming and it’s unnecessary reliance on the shit, blood, bones, and rendered corpses of animals.

    • Ellen K says:

      James has covered veganic farming on this blog, so readers here are well aware and supportive of it. I’m sure I have plenty of company in the vegan world in trying to encourage veganic practices in those farms we have connection and influence with.

      • unethical_vegan says:

        I’m not a fan of veganic ideology. IMO, it’s anti-science and rooted in 1st world privilege. There is nothing wrong with VEGAN artificial fertilizer. It can be produced and used sustainably. Veganic farming might work in a wealthy area with rich soil resources (e.g. New Palz) but large swathes of humanity live in regions with soil and economic poverty. Veganism should not be only for the wealthy elite.

        • James says:

          My guess is that most of the world’s vegans are vegan by default– the global poor. Something like 2 billion people eat a diet of largely rice.

          • unethical_vegan says:

            I’m not defending current agricultural practices in SEA since some of those “2 billion” consume rice grown with a toxic sludge of poorly-regulated artificial fertilizer. Nevertheless, I don’t think veganic/organic ideology offers much help to subsistence farmers in South Asia and SEA.

            Extending the “vegan” label to people eating a largely subsistence diet is misleading. They may eat a “veganish” diet but it’s typically not by choice — as the large and rapid increase in meat consumption in SEA sadly illustrates.

  7. I can’t wait to read this! (And I posted on These Glass Walls on Facebook as well.) I’m so behind in my reading of your stuff…but I’ve saved all the emails and I’ll get there. Wish you’d publish a collection of your essays. :-) Thanks for always being a voice of intelligence and sanity.

  8. JL says:

    I ordered mine! AND I just noticed that your book is #1 in Animal Rights on Amazon right now. YES!

  9. Taylor says:

    Is the book primarily a critical examination of “small-scale nonindustrial animal agriculture” or is it an examination of “our unthinking decision to eat animals”? If it’s the former, then the book’s sub-title should probably be changed, since the sub-title implies the book is about meat in general, most of which is industrially produced.

  10. Seymour says:

    Duly preordered. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to say on this. Keep up the good work!

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  12. Elaine Livesey-Fassel says:

    Finally, a quiet moment after another hectic week and I spent it in pre-ordering from the amazing AMAZON!

  13. Benny Malone says:

    Pre-ordered, look forward to reading it.

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