Reaction to Oprah’s “Go Vegan” Show


Today on the Oprah Winfrey Show, they discussed the “The Vegan Challenge” as Oprah Winfrey and 378 staffers went vegan for one week.  With guests such as Michael Pollan, author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Kathy Freston, vegan extraordinaire, I was initially on the defensive.  However, as the show went on to show a feedlot tour, the ins and outs of a processing plants and the Temple Grandin-designed facility, the coverage became much more real and far less emotionally driven.

The following are some highlights from the show:

  • An interview with Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, Manager of Cargill’s Fort Morgan Plant
  • An explanation of the humane steps of processing an animal
  • Michael Pollen jumping in to remind people that it is okay to eat meat
  • Jokes about the digestion problems/trips to the bathroom that the vegan diet imposed on the staffers
  • The reporter who visited the packing plant continues to have meat in her diet
  • The delicate way that Oprah handled the topic
  • The acknowledgement that one staffer’s father-in-law, a hard-working dairy farmer, would be hurt financially by the vegan movement
  • The emphasis that going vegan (or not) is a personal choice

As the guests sat on stage with numerous animal byproducts in sight, I couldn’t help but feel the urge to offer the self-proclaimed vegan “expert” a list of where else animal byproducts are used.

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Haylie Shipp


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