Thursday, February 3, 2011


Tuesday, Oprah's show was all about going Vegan. In no way shape or form will I ever be vegan, I would miss eggs and cheese WAY TOO MUCH. OMG, the thought of no eggs seriously sends me over the edge. But, the reason I write this is because it is totally an episode that I would normally delete, but my Brother in Law works for Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services, that allowed cameras and Lisa Ling inside their slaughter house in Fort Morgan. I knew that being a Go Vegan type show, that Cargill was not going to be looked upon in a favorable light, but I was PLEASANTLY surprised at what a Class Act the show turned out to be. I think it has to be the best representation of people who are OBVIOUSLY on completely different ends of the spectrum coming together and talking about what are the major concerns, changes that could be made, and etc. If nothing else, watch some of the clips just to see what can happen when people respect one another and their opinions. It is unbelievable.

I think the MOST FASCINATING thing I learned from the show was about Temple Grandin. You may recognize the name because Claire Danes has won numerous awards this very Awards Season for her portrayal of Temple in a movie on HBO, and Temple is at all the Awards Shows, and she always cheers wildly for Claire when she receives the award. Claire always thanks her, it is this beautiful relationship that has formed. Needless to say, I am dying to see it, but they mentioned her name because Cargill has a very "humane and dignified" method of slaughtering the cows as they become the meat many of us eat. APPARENTLY Temple Grandin designed the system and is the absolute authority on livestock, treatment, handling, slaughter, I mean SERIOUSLY! SERIOUSLY, check out this website and see all she has done-UNBELIEVABLE!

Of course what do I do after I watch the show, I tweet @Oprah and ask her if wine is vegan! I don't want all those poor vegans out there being denied!


Cynthia said...

I watched that show too. and I agree with you- I will NEVER go vegan, but it was fascinating. I love Michael Pollan, and think his approach to eating- moderation - is the right way to go.

I was very impressed with Cargill for letting the cameras in. and glad they didn't show the whole process.

You know that Temple is autistic right? amazing woman.

Colleen said...

What was wrong with The Veganist woman's jaw. I am not even sure if I heard anything she was saying because I kept staring at her mouth when she was talking. She is BEAUTIFUL, but something about her jaw drove me BONKERS!

YES, I know Temple is austic, and I think it is amazing all she has accomplished. I cannot WAIT to see the movie!

Cynthia said...

I noticed that! It as as though she had something in her cheek, very weird.