In his first foreign appearance since leaving the Oval Office, former President Barack Obama spoke at the Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, where he addressed, among other things, the undeniable connection between animal agriculture and climate change.
“I think people naturally understand that big smokestacks have pollution in them and they understand air pollution, so they can easily make the connection between energy production and the idea of greenhouse gases,” he said. “People aren’t as familiar with the impact of cows and methane, unless you’re a farmer.”
Barack works to tackle climate change, and his favorite food is broccoli. For years, Michelle Obama’s focus has been improving people’s health and, especially, eliminating childhood obesity. But neither is vegan. Are we missing something?
Health care may be the defining topic of the Obamas’ legacy, but both could lead by example and adopt a vegan diet—which can help lower body mass index and help prevent diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and numerous cancers. And according to the United Nations, a global shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
— PETA (@peta) May 10, 2017
If Barack—whom many folks call “the first climate president”—were to choose a more compassionate diet, he’d be aligning himself with some highly respected colleagues. Prominent climate change warrior Al Gore went vegan, while former President Bill Clinton changed his diet for health reasons. America’s sexiest congressional member (sorry, Mitch McConnell) Cory Booker is also a notable vegan advocate and has even criticized Barack in the past for the lack of plant-based options at his parties.