Obama the Vegetarian Choice

Posted on September 19, 2008

Obama’s progressive stance apparently translates into moves towards human health and animal wefare, in the form of less subsidy for the meat industry and greater availablity of healther food for schools.

UPDATE: In contrast, Republican Vice president candidate Sarah Palin is a hunter, displaying a shocking disrespect for life which might translate into a continuation of aggressive foregn policy, possible only on the foundation of disrespect for human life.

This from Nikki Benoit, from the Vegan.com blog: Obama’s Vegan Moment.

As I was being handed the mic, Obama read my shirt out loud – “Vegan Outreach” . . . . .YES!!! HE DID!!! AND…he pronounced it RIGHT!!!

So, though it’s mostly a blur, I first thanked him for his strong position for helping our environment, which segwayed nicely into my factory farming question.

I stated how the UN’s reporting that animal agriculture contributes more to greenhouse gas emissions than all of transportation. I mentioned that over 10 billion land animals are funneled through egregious conditions in factory farms and that it requires an obscene amount of water and resources to maintain them [70% of all our grain goes through them]. I reiterated that our health epidemic is only compounded by our environmental crises and resource depletion, and what, as the leader of the most amazing nation, would he do about this [again, this is all a blur…I believe the media picked this up, too – I hope it made more sense at the time.]

His response included an admission that our infrastructure needs fixing, and that subsidies need to be taken away from large scale animal ag, helping small family farms. He acknowledged that our health care crises needs to incorporate preventative measures, including more fresh vegetables and fruit. He also said schools need more of these items versus pre-packaged food and meat products. And of course, he pointed the finger at China and India and that their new diet [which is mimicking ours] needs to be changed.

There were a lot of claps and hoots during my question from the crowd, even a Secret Service agent gave me a wink and a thumbs up!

Received a lot of praise afterwards, and was interviewed by Rollins College and TampaBay.com, so here’s hoping they run it!