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.
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 world’s future food system looks like, livestock can and must be part of the solution.