January 29, 2011

Oprah and 378 Staffers: Vegan for a Week!


Be sure to tune in to Oprah on Tuesday (check your local listings)! The whole episode is going to be dedicated to talking about going Vegan! She'll be having Vegan author and activist Kathy Freston and author and activist Michael Pollan to discuss how much meat humans should actually be eating and what is the healthiest way to become vegan. I remember when she had Kathy Freston on a couple of years ago and Oprah went on a 21 day Vegan "cleanse". She blogged about it too...it was pretty entertaining. It looks like they're taking a different approach to this episode though. Instead of treating it as a cleanse, it looks like they're going to be treating it more like a lifestyle, as it should be. Also, reporter Lisa Ling goes and visits a meat "processing plant" (can't we just call it what it is, a slaughter house). They'll probably be visiting a nice one anyway (as nice as one can be). Link to the video preview, after the jump!

Watch a video preview here!

5 comments:

  1. I love how one co-worker on there was going through detox so bad she said she wanted to punch someone. =)

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  2. I know! That girl was funny. I'm glad she decided to do it for more than one week!

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  3. This episode shook my previously unwavering faith in Oprah. Giving Cargill that kind of PR boost was - in my opinion - super gross, and I found it pretty surprising considering Oprah's vowed on numerous occasions to never again give voice to "pure evil" (as she's inadvertently done in the past, with white supremacists, etc.). How Michael Pollan kept a straight face during the Cargill "believes that when animals are handled with dignity and harvested carefully, that's the natural order of things" spiel is beyond my comprehension. The fact that Oprah and most of the audience members seemed most disturbed by the dismembering of already dead flesh suggests to me that the show was an utter failure. Then again, I've heard of a number of people who promptly cut meat out of their diets, thanks to that show. So *perhaps* Oprah understands the American public better than I do ;)

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  4. robinmay*: That part annoyed me too. I'm glad Michael Pollan (I think it was him, maybe it was Kathy Freston) pointed out that this was one of the better processing facilities there are and that most aren't like this. So hopefully people got that message.

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