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Chelsea Clinton Abandons Vegetarian Diet
After 18 years of vegetarian living – a lifestyle that helped in part to inspire her dad President Bill Clinton to drop meat – Chelsea Clinton has revealed that she’s given it up. Actually, she surprisingly hasn’t been one for years.
In an article for NBC’s Rock Center, the 33-year-old details what inspired her at an early age to make ethical choices – and adopt a diet that was friendly towards animals.
“One spring day in my sixth grade Life Sciences class at Booker Arts Magnet Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas, we read two articles,” she writes. “The first concerned the cruelty toward cattle in slaughterhouses and the second was about the detrimental effects of red meat on your body. By the time I got home later that day, I had resolved to give up red meat, to take a stand against animal cruelty and a stand for my health (it seemed rather simple to my 11-year-old self).”
Sharing that she now eats meat (which is interesting considering the setup above), Clinton goes on to say that she has “tremendous respect for people who make consistent ethical choices in their lives – people who not only don’t eat meat, but who also don’t wear fur or leather and don’t use products made from animal derivatives.” In particular, she singles out Stella McCartney and her ethical fashion label as one example deserving of praise.
Digging back a bit, I found an April interview Chelsea did with Free Republic Parade Magazine that revealed she’s been mixing in the meat since age 29.
Free Republic: Rumor has it you’re a vegan. True?
Chelsea: I was never a vegan. I gave up red meat when I was 11 because in my seventh-grade life science class, we read two articles about red meat, and I think probably I needed to be a little zealous about something. I gave up all meat when I was 13. Then when I was 29, I woke up one day and craved red meat. My husband, who is an inveterate carnivore, was thrilled. My father is quite famously a vegan, and I am thrilled by that.
So – now you know. Cross one Clinton off the veg list.
Director James Cameron Advocates Veganism During National Geographic Gala Speech
James Cameron is still a vegan — and he picked a massive celebration to remind the world.
The 58-year-old filmmaker and ocean explorer was honored on June 13 during the National Geographic Society's 125th anniversary gala with “Explorer of the Year” for his successful solo dive last year to the deepest point of the Pacific Ocean. During his speech, Cameron urged the packed house of scientists and explorers to consider dropping animal products and reap the benefits.
“I’ve had an epiphany recently,” Cameron said. “I want to challenge all of you as people of deep conscience, people who are environment stewards of the earth and oceans … By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract between the human species and the natural world."
Cameron, who announced he'd gone vegan in October of last year, told the crowd that the switch had a huge impact on him. “I felt like I was waking up from a long sleepwalk. I believe we are all sleepwalking off a cliff if we don’t do this.”
The "Avatar" director's decision to go vegan isn't much of a surprise. Back in July of last year, he revealed that his wife, Suzy Amis, was gradually shifting the family toward a more plant-based diet, something that impacted their decision to transform their new farm in New Zealand from dairy to crop-based. “I don’t want to be a hypocrite," Cameron told the NY Times, adding that they were moving to organically improve the soil on their 2,500-acre spread.
Up next for June's National Geographic cover boy? The "Avatar" sequels — potentially followed by some more deep sea ocean dives.
“You already own the most important thing to do anything you want do in life," he told Variety earlier this month. "It’s the most sophisticated computer ever created. And there are a couple of apps that run on that computer that you all have. One’s called curiosity, and the other’s called imagination. You put those two powerful apps running on this little three-pound computer, you can do just about anything you put your mind to.”
What are your dietary habits like, ONTD?