2019 Resolution: Helping ‘Overwhelmed’ Vegans


Greg Henderson, FarmJournal's Pork

January 3, 2019


Making a New Year’s resolution is not mandatory, but if you’re going to make one it’s best to set a goal you can actually attain. Last year, for instance, I gave up spinach, and that went exceptionally well.


So well, in fact, I’ve decided to set my 2019 goal a little higher. I’ve decided to join Frank Mitloehner in his quest to help educate Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Los Angeles city councilman Paul Koretz. The year-long lesson will be about cows and the environment. The syllabus is all Mitloehner’s, of course, since he’s the distinguished professor and air quality extension specialist in the department of animal science at the University of California-Davis.


You can join us, too, as Mitloehner made his intention public on Twitter in a Dec 23, post. “My resolution for 2019 is to help set the record straight on livestock GHG so that those who are obviously overwhelmed with the topic can go back to reporting issues they might understand.”


Mitloehner didn’t mention those overwhelmed by name, so I guess he left that chore to me. First on my list is the aforementioned city councilman Paul Koretz, now in his 10th year serving in that capacity. His name simmered to the top of the vegan superhero list last fall when he proposed a mandate requiring all large-scale entertainment venues in Los Angeles to offer a minimum of one vegan protein menu option to customers.


Let that sink in for a moment. Koretz proposed a regulation dictating menu items to some private businesses. That’s government over-reach on steroids. Koretz’ justification was that more vegan menu items would reduce animal protein consumption, and thus help save the planet.


Alas, Koretz’ idea is but a spark in the desert compared to the heat generated by Beyoncé and Jay-Z when they called on their followers (lemmings?) to adopt a plant-based diet...


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