Former Vice President Al Gore is following in the footsteps of his former boss, President Bill Clinton, and is embracing a vegan diet.
Gore made the decision a couple of months ago, an unidentified source told The Washington Post
Gore's conversion was first revealed in a Forbes
magazine article about investments being made by Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates in the vegan food company Hampton Creek Foods. Gore was mentioned as a newcomer to the diet.
While no reason for the former vice president's new eating habit has been offered, one possible motivation is concern for the environment.
Gore advised Americans in an interview
in 2011 to cut back on their meat intake and to eat more organic foods as a way to fight global warming.
"Industrial agriculture is a part of the problem," Gore said. "The shift toward a more meat-intensive diet" means that more forests have to be cleared to make more room for cattle to graze.
Matthew Prescott, policy director for the Humane Society, echoed Gore's comments when he was asked by the Post why the vice president made the switch.
"Overconsumption and overproduction of meat has given rise to the factory farm, which has put huge threats on the planet and our health," Prescott said. "Whether it's the whole Clinton/Gore ticket being vegan now, Oprah promoting meat-free eating, Bill Gates backing plant-based foods or the rise of Meatless Mondays, it's clear that the way we farm and eat is shifting toward a better model."
Clinton said in a 2011 interview
with CNN that he went vegan for health reasons, in stark contrast to his legendary high-fat diet while in office. The former president underwent a quadruple bypass in 2004 and had an additional heart procedure in 2010.
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