Michelle Obama is bold. Besides turning heads with her clothing choices, the First Lady is making a statement with her White House agenda: to make healthy food readily available in this, the fattest country on earth. In this article published in yesterday’s New York Times, Mrs. Obama was interviewed while volunteering at a soup kitchen in Washington, D.C. Though the word “vegan” was not brought up once, nearly every single food mentioned was derived from plants, and one might surmise from her commitment to providing “fresh, unprocessed and locally grown foods” to the needy – not to mention the fact that White House employees donated eight cases of fresh fruit – that eating lower on the food chain is a high-priority for Michelle Obama.
Of course, the health benefits of eating a vegan diet are hardly news to those who’ve been paying attention; but it’s certainly nice to see one of the most famous and powerful women in the world making the connection between better health and plant-based foods – even if only by implication through her recent actions. And, since animal agriculture is a major contributor to both environmental devastation and world hunger, going vegan is not only a healthy choice, but a necessity for the well-being of everyone on earth as well.
In a time of economic hardship, let’s be like Michelle Obama and donate food to our local food banks. (The easiest way I found to locate my local food bank was through good ol’ Google.) This might be a no-brainer, but make your food donation vegan. That way, those in your community who are less lucky than you can not only have good food readily available to them, but also, by choosing to not contribute to animal agriculture, you can help animals, hungry people in your community and our planet. Though none of us can solve the world’s problems on our own, donating vegan goods to those in need is one little way that each of us can do our part – just like Michelle Obama. Yes we should!