Al Gore has taken a lot of heat from vegan advocates for ignoring the connection between meat production and greenhouse gases. In “An Inconvenient Truth” he avoided the topic entirely.
The British Heart Foundation has issued a report that concludes that if everyone in Britain ate 58 percent less meat and dairy, it would “avert or delay” 32,000 deaths a year. With an 83 percent reduction of meat and dairy, 45,000 lives a year are predicted to be saved. (Via Compassion in World Farming.) Link [PDF].
First rate reporting by Clark Kauffman in the Des Moines Register.
One year after 1,900 people were sickened and a half-billion Iowa eggs were recalled, government inspectors continue to find unsanitary conditions and inadequate protections against salmonella on Iowa’s egg farms.
None of the violations have resulted in fines or penalties from state or federal agencies, and Iowa’s egg producers still aren’t required to tell state officials when they find salmonella on their farms.
It gets worse:
Inspections at egg farms are announced days in advance — in some cases on dates proposed by the egg producers themselves — and they are still based partly on the honor system, with government officials doing little on-site testing for salmonella.
When battery egg producers are regulated by an honor system, it’s a clear sign that America’s food safety enforcement is fundamentally broken.
And this is perhaps article’s most devastating nugget of information:
Officials with the FDA initially agreed to be interviewed by the Register for this article but asked that questions be submitted in advance. The Register agreed, but the FDA then denied the interview request.
A totally sensible article that will reach exactly the people who most need to see it:
If you’ve seen my shows and read my books, you may be feeling a bit baffled to find yourself reading an article written by that notorious carnivore Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall about the joys of eating less meat. I can appreciate that. But I really have been eating a lot less meat lately and I’m feeling almost evangelical about persuading other people to do the same.
Let me be clear: I have not become a vegetarian, nor do I think I ever will. So the dialogue I’m keen to begin with other meat-eaters is not about vegetarianism, it’s about vegetables. I would love to persuade you to eat more vegetables. And thereby to eat less meat – and maybe a bit less fish too. Why? To summarise, we need to eat more vegetables and less flesh because vegetables are the foods that do us the most good and our planet the least harm.
The entire article’s worth reading for vegan and omnivores alike.
There are plenty of meat eaters who would never listen to the likes of Ginny Messina or Rip Esselstyn, but would pay attention to the same message if delivered by omnivores like Mark Bittman or Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. This article will give many omnivores exactly the push they need, and it deserves to be widely shared. (Thanks, Christine.) Link.
My friend Mandy writes:
I just checked and she’s right. What a great start to a Monday. A very safe bet that this is by far the best ever collective showing by vegan books. And how ironic that Dick Cheney’s new book would be kept out of the #1 slot by a vegan-oriented book about preventing heart disease.