Words matter. President Lincoln, for instance, needed just 271 words and slightly more than two minutes to deliver “one of the greatest and most influential statements of national purpose,” the Gettysburg Address. Infinitely less inspiring are the 360 words from Johanna Gresko, “If you’re smart, you’ll go vegan,” an editorial published in Penn State University’s Daily Collegian.
Gresko turned vegan after realizing the “BS that was being fed to me by the meat and dairy industry.” There’s more rubbish: “I know that consuming animal products in any way contributes to one the most heinous, violent, senseless, environmentally dangerous, unhealthy and unobserved industries in the world to date.” Gresko, however, doesn’t win the daily prize for most outrageous anti-meat claim (though it does register a 7.9 on the GTN BS-meter). That goes to Nzinga Young, vegan business writer at HuffingtonPost.com, who warns if you’re planning on swearing off meat as a New Year’s resolution, you need to do so by December 29, because, “you don’t want to carry undigested animal products into the New Year.” Sadly, there are those among us who will carry stupidity into the New Year.