We learn that Al Gore has cut the meat from his diet from about the least new-agey, hippie-coddling source on the planet:
Former Vice President Al Gore has taken up a vegan diet.
A Forbes article published on Saturday offhandedly mentioned that the “newly turned vegan” was considering an investment in Hampton Creek Foods, a startup working to replace eggs with a plant-based formula. The Washington Post followed up, learning from “an individual familiar with Gore’s decision” that the climate activist resolved several months ago to give up animal products and embrace a vegan diet.
Gore, winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for sounding the alarm about climate change, has faced criticism over the years for eating meat while fingering the meat industry as a global warming contributor. Gore’s 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” touched on the issue.
“I’m not a vegetarian, but I have cut back sharply on the meat that I eat,” Gore said in a 2009 ABC interview. “And it’s absolutely correct that the growing meat intensity of diets across the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis — not only because of the [carbon dioxide] involved, but also because of the water consumed in the process.”
The article on Hampton Farms can be found here.