France Is Having an Existential Crisis About Giving Up Meat to Save the Planet

Susan S. Johnson
France Is Having an Existential Crisis About Giving Up Meat to Save the Planet

French President Emmanuel Macron inspects a cow at an exhibition centre in Paris in February 2020. Photo: LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

PARIS, France – Five years on from the Paris Agreement, the first legally binding international treaty on climate change, France has made grand gestures to avert impending ecological disaster.

The French government has recently proposed a ban on short-haul domestic flights, outlawed the heated terraces beloved in Paris, launched a high-profile citizens’ convention on the climate – and is currently debating an amendment to the constitution that would “guarantee the preservation of the environment”.

But last month

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I gave up meat for 6 weeks, and it made me feel great

Susan S. Johnson
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A meat-free diet isn’t for everyone. Alani Vargas for Insider

For the past 23 years of my life, since I could manage solid foods, I’ve eaten meat. It was always a staple in my family’s diet.

Chicken was something eaten daily, ham sandwiches were often school lunches, and tacos always had beef in them. This was what I always knew, and I’d never even entertained the idea of being a vegetarian.

For context, I was raised Catholic and although I disagree with many teachings within the church, I go to mass every Sunday with my family. My relationship with the

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Rob Zombie on Being Vegan: “The Meat Industry Has an Unsustainable Future”

Susan S. Johnson

Metal icon and film director Rob Zombie became a vegetarian at age 18, and nine years ago, he went fully vegan. In a new interview, Zombie opened up about the benefits of his diet and lifestyle, as well as some of the challenges.

As Zombie explained to GQ, he never liked the taste of meat even at a young age — nor was he converted by the food industry’s “brainwash” tactics.

“Whenever I was served pork chops or something it would just taste awful to me,” he said. “We’re all brainwashed from the moment we’re born that all the

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They Built Huge Followings Around Their Vegan Lifestyles. Then They Started Eating Meat.

Susan S. Johnson
Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Women’s Health

There’s a joke vegans love to roll their eyes at: How do you know someone’s vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.

Sure, not every vegan is like that. But for vegan influencers like Yovana Mendoza, formerly known as Rawvana on YouTube (because she followed a raw vegan diet), that outspoken, often ride-or-die dedication to her vegan diet was not just her personal ethos–it was her brand.

“The vegan community tends to be very passionate,” says Yovana, who at one point boasted as many as half a million subscribes on YouTube (2 million

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