Chris Hedges was a war correspondent, worked for the Greens in 2008 and 2012, and was part of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. He’s also, interestingly enough, a Presbyterian minister. He is known to me personally mostly as the author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, a book which is at once interesting, powerfully written, and quite disturbing. It was so powerful, in fact, that I couldn’t finish it. Forcing myself to finish it would be like forcing a vegan to watch slaughterhouse footage. I get it already; I don’t want to watch it.
Chris Hedges is also now a vegan, citing serious environmental concerns. He describes this in his recent article, “Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time.” His conclusion: “becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make to save the planet and its species.”
Hedges has clearly done his research. He cites both the FAO (2006) report on “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” as well as Goodland and Anhang’s revolutionary article “Livestock and Climate Change” in WorldWatch magazine (2009). He’s even read Richard Oppenlander’s books, which he cites, and has seen the movie Cowspiracy.
The message that veganism is an integral part of the environmental movement is spreading. Hedges’ article will make it more and more difficult for liberal-leftist types as well as environmental organizations to continue to ignore this issue.