The website TheDailyMeal has just released its list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Food, and appearing on that list is (drumroll, please) PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. TheDailyMeal is positioning itself to be the end-all be-all of food resources, and for this list, it chose people who "directly or have the ability to directly affect what and how we eat." Ingrid made the list at number 48 because of PETA's work to get people to be so revolted by meat and dairy products—i.e., to understand what their production does to animals and the environment, not to mention what eating them does to their insides—that they download a vegetarian/vegan starter kit and give a vegan diet a try. (Pause for applause.)
Rubbing shoulders with Ingrid at number 47 is guru of gourmet and PETA pal Martha Stewart, who narrated a PETA video that exposed cruelty to animals on fur farms. Congratulations to these two influential women, who are changing the planet for the betterment of us and animals. Let's eat!
And congrats to you if you are going vegan or trying to persuade someone else to go vegan.
Written by Michelle Sherrow