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Nicolette Hahn Niman

Nicolette Hahn Niman is the author of Defending Beef. She previously served as senior attorney for the Waterkeeper Alliance, running their campaign to reform the concentrated production of livestock and poultry. In recent years she has gained a national reputation as an advocate for sustainable food production and improved farm–animal welfare. She is the author of Righteous Porkchop (HarperCollins, 2009) and has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and The Atlantic online. She lives on a ranch in Northern California, with her husband, Bill Niman, and their two sons.

    Nicolette Hahn's Upcoming Events

    • Nicolette Hahn Niman at Soul Food Farm Conference
      6046 Pleasants Valley Road , Vacaville CA 95688
      March 1, 2015, 9:00 am

      On March 1st, Nicolette Hahn Niman will keynote with Allan Savory at Soul Food Farm's "FarmSchool: Grazing On Grasslands 101." This exciting conference will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, CA. VIP tickets are priced at $130 and will include reserved seating at the event and a signed copy of Nicolette Hahn Niman's new book, "Defending Beef." General and student admission, as well as lunch, are also available for purchase.

    • Nicolette Hahn Niman at NYU
      70 Washington Square South, New York NY 10012
      April 2, 2015, 4:00 pm

      Nicolette Hahn Niman will take part in this year's Critical Topics in Food series at NYU. The panel, entitled, "What Exactly Is Sustainable: Thinking for a Smart Future," will take place on April 2nd at 4:00 PM on the third floor of the Bobst Library at NYU. Following the panel and discussion will be a reception.

    • Nicolette Hahn Niman at Kalamazoo College
      1200 Academy St. , Kalamazoo Township MI 49006
      April 27, 2015, 7:00 pm

      Nicolette Hahn Niman will speak in the Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College on April 27th at 7:00 PM. This event is cosponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement, Kalamazoo College’s Upjohn Library, and the Portage District Library.

    • Nicolette Hahn Niman at 2015 Slow Meat Symposium
      Slow Meat, Denver CO
      June 4, 2015, 12:00 pm

      The event is designed to bring attention and action to the problem of meat production in two very Slow Food ways: by celebrating sustainably raised meat and its producers, and by bringing together diverse experts to consider the best course of action for Slow Food’s large grassroots base. Thus Slow Meat 2015 will be part exclusive symposium and part public celebration, building on the success of last June’s event and a year of the Better Meat, Less campaign. The symposium portion of the event (Th-Fr) will be programmed exclusively for Slow Meat delegates – thought leaders and influencers who will discuss progress on the Better Meat, Less campaign and shape the coming year of the Slow Meat public outreach. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

    Nicolette Hahn's Books

    Defending Beef

    The Case for Sustainable Meat Production

    For decades it has been nearly universal dogma among environmentalists that livestock are Public Enemy Number One. In her new book, Defending Beef, environmental lawyer turned rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman argues that cattle are not inherently bad for the Earth. Defending Beef is simultaneously a book about big ideas and the personal tale of the author, who starts out as a skeptical vegetarian and ends up involved in sustainable ranching. She makes the case that, whatever the worlds future food system looks like, livestock can and must be part of the solution.

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