TV Host Eddie Huang Goes Vegan for Amazon Fires
After it was assumed that cattle ranchers could be a catalyst to the blazing Amazon Rainforest, TV Host of Viceland’s Huang’s World, posted to his Instagram that he would be transitioning from meat.
Declaring that his last piece of meat would be the corned beef from Junior’s in New York City. But good news, there’s plenty of Beyond Meat to sustain the environment and, now, Eddie.
This is a cause for celebration to not only vegans but to the environment. As Eddie highlights in his Instagram post, it takes 20 times less land to feed someone on a plant-based diet (vegan diet). Which is assumed to be one of the factors to the devastating fires raging across the Amazon.
Meat consumption is one of the major causes of deforestation worldwide, as well as the main contributor to CO-2 emissions. Just cutting back on individual beef consumption would have a remarkable effect on the environment.
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After watching videos of the Amazon on fire this week, Ive decided that this corned beef I ate at Junior’s last week will be the last piece of beef I ever eat. I love beef, I love ox tails, I love Peter Luger’s, I loved growing up in a steak house cutting NY Strip on xanax. It was soothing but beef is fucking us. Actually, we are fucking ourselves on multiple levels and we need to make changes. Im going to go vegan because it takes 20 times less land to feed a vegan than a meat eater and over 90% of the land cleared in the amazon rainforest since 1970 is used for grazing livestock, but if all of us just stopped eating BEEF it would solve huge problems. Eat fish, eat chicken, eat pork until the next crisis but if all u can do now is quit beef, please do it. I know a lot of ass backwards people think vegetarianism or veganism is some uppity white girl thing to do but its not. There have been Asian Buddhist Vegetarians for thousands of years, Ital Rasta, Hindu as well, this is not some new age thing to laugh at. We are getting back to roots, healing the Earth, and ourselves. Ive eaten my last bite of meat. I wish I had planned this better and ate my mom’s ox tail soup but fuck it. There really isnt time to waste. Some things have to start today. I started to get these feelings shooting the last season of Huang’s World and fasted for 5 days because my producer David’s mom said I looked sick. She was right. The 5 days not eating fundamentally changed me and I shot the second half of the season while intermittent fasting. Ive made a lot of food videos because I love food but more than anything because food was fertile ground for exploring difference, but I dont love what food tv and more importantly what food has become in our culture: a drug. I had a really rough 2018- early 2019, got high and just ate myself to sleep watching Harry Potter a lot lol but Im getting back on my shit. Take a moment, think about it, and reexamine your relationship with food because it’ll make the Earth and ourselves very very sick if we keep abusing it.
“Take a moment, think about it, and reexamine your relationship with food because it’ll make the Earth and ourselves very, very sick if we keep abusing it,” Eddie closes.
A man with whom has made his career on selling and eating good food, Eddie has now stepped back to reexamine what his impact is on the Earth.