Friday, July 21


Here's an interesting development: The Center for Science in the Public Interest has put out a book and Web site, Six Arguments for a Greener Diet, and although I'm sure there are disclaimers and/or qualifications in the full book, the overall impression one gets from the site is that "Eating Green" is "Eating Vegan." The key arguments don't just target meat but dairy and eggs as well, and they don't meander into esoterica like the exploitation of banana pickers in other countries - what they do is absolutely slam animal products and prescribe plant-based alternatives.

Take a look at this "Eating Green Calculator," allowing you to calculate the impact of your diet. For vegans the answers to all the "how much" questions are "zero," because the bad foods are all animal products. Or this "Tour of the Food Supply" that provides a visual interface as well as damning factoids on how animal agriculture is related to illness and environmental degradation. Also, CSPI's definition of "green" factors in animal-welfare issues as a key element. And the project is putting out new data from their own calculations, such as "the saturated fat and cholesterol in animal products are responsible for about 65,000 fatal heart attacks every year." This is a big step forward for an organization that has leaned toward vegan solutions but always very loudly maintained a fig leaf of "low-fat dairy products" or "fish, a couple times a week" to show they weren't in league with us wild-eyed extremists. I'll have to see the book to find out if they go the next step of actually using the word "vegan."

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