Gutless Gore: Inconvenient Environmental Truths About the Carnivore's Diet

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Why Won't Al Gore Talk About Meat?
Maybe it's too inconvenient for him to discuss the connections to climate change
by Mickey Z.
Al Gore penned a long New York Times op-ed entitled, "We Can't Wish Away Climate Change," on February 28, 2010. No surprises were involved:

    * Gore writing about climate change? (check)
    * Gore being long-winded? (check)
    * Gore ignoring the #1 cause of climate change? (check)

I cut and pasted the nearly 2000 words into a Word Document and ran a search. None of the following terms were found:

    * Meat
    * Cow
    * Livestock
    * Methane
    * Farm
    * Diet
    * Vegan

Accepting the unfortunate reality that Al Gore is the planet's best-known climate change spokesperson, he has yet again squandered an ideal opportunity to educate, inform, and inspire real change. Just as they served burgers and hot dogs at the Gore-inspired Live Earth concerts in 2007, the high-profile green crowd simply refuses to accept the convenient truth:

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, "the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent—18 percent—than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation."
[For complete article reference links, please see source at Planet Green here.]
Simple Suggestion for Gore: A slow but steady introduction into his talks and articles, re: the role of the meat-based diet in climate change. I'll even provide a mainstream source: Henning Steinfeld, Chief of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's Livestock Information and Policy Branch and senior author of the report, who says, "Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems. Urgent action is required to remedy the situation."

Sounds like another Oscar-winning documentary to me...

WATCH VIDEO: An Inconvenient Truth

Rice Power

Pamela Rice of the Viva Vegie Society has been an outspoken critic of Gore's meat myopia. In an open letter to The Goracle, Rice writes:

"We're changing our light bulbs. We're buying high-mileage cars. We're dreaming up new green businesses to reduce the shoe-size of our ecological footprint. But even if we do all of this, a silent trend is working in the background that surely will wipe out all of our gains. We're eating too much meat—meat that from a health standpoint is far in excess. And the world is on a trajectory to double its consumption of meat by mid-century. Indeed, all of our efforts to cut greenhouse emissions will be wiped out if we don't reduce our meat consumption. And people need to hear this from you, Mr. Gore, as the person with the most credibility to get this fact out there. If they hear it from you, they will listen. It is an environmental imperative for humans to reduce their consumption of animal-based foods."

Note: Pamela Rice will be joining me on a related panel (along with Gary Null) at this year's Left Forum in NYC. Register now for this March 21 event.

FYI: Going Vegan Has Never Been Easier   

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