Paul McCartney, by his own admission, a long-time vegeterian, said today that when he was growing up in Liverpool he would have thought of vegetarians as wimps. But in an essay on the Huffington Post today, he says he's no longer surprised that more people are accepting the idea of being a vegetarian.
“There is definitely now an overall greater acceptance of being vegetarian,” he writes.
“People are better educated about their diets and the health benefits of reducing meat intake but also and crucially the environmental impact that meat production has on our planet. The UN actually produced a report in 2006 (Livestock's Long Shadow) outlining how the livestock industry was responsible for more harmful gases than the transport industry. They said the best thing you can do is reduce your meat intake.”
And he gives the credit to his late wife, Linda.
“Over the years, she converted many people we knew. Our friends, people we worked with and even some of our roadies on tour,” he says. “She had a non-aggressive forcefulness about her.
"We dreamed that one day you could be driving down the motorway and stop off for some food and there would be options for us and now, of course, there are.”
The vegetarian food company named after Linda McCartney recently introduced a new line of food in the UK. The new promotion was accompanied by a video with a redone version of "Heart of the Country" by Paul and Linda McCartney from their "Ram" album.
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