Top 10 green stories of 2010
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Bill Clinton goes (near-)vegan
Bill Clinton, notorious fast-food junkie, may have turned over a new green leaf. Inspired by daughter Chelsea and, um, the medical profession, Clinton now follows a plant-based diet, with just occasional fish thrown in. (He’s the first pescatarian president!) Meanwhile, influential Brit columnist George Monbiot, who had previously argued that veganism was the only ethical diet, did a 180; inspired by the book Meat: A Benign Extravagance, he now argues that there are ethical ways to raise and eat meat, though industrial animal farming is still an abomination.
(Check back in January for a Grist “Food Fight” series on this contentious topic: to meat or not to meat? And if you’re a conscientious carnivore who would want to contribute your perspective to the series, send an email with links to three writing samples to Food Editor Bonnie Powell.)