Former Vice President Al Gore has accepted an inconvenient truth: animal agriculture is one of the primary contributors to global warming. Just last week, word got out that Gore is now vegan. The news was released in a Forbes article, and the Washington Post followed up the tip by finding “an individual familiar with Gore’s decision” to confirm the claim.
The research is clear: one of the single most important actions each one of us can take to reduce our environmental impact is to choose plant-based foods. After all, “livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems,” according to the 2006 United Nations’ report Livestock’s Long Shadow.
Today, thousands of events are taking place across the US as part of the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s annual Food Day Celebration. The events − ranging from film screenings to cooking demos and much more − aim to draw attention to our country’s urgent need for food policy reform.