The former POTUS will have a plant-based spread – handpicked by musician Questlove – for his 60th birthday celebrations.
Former US President Barack Obama turned 60 on 4th August and will be celebrating the milestone by eating plant-based delicacies this weekend at Martha’s Vineyard.
Unnamed sources privy to the festivities on leaking the menu told Bloomberg that the host will offer guests at least one fully plant-based menu giving ‘buzzy plant-based brands like Impossible Foods Inc. and Eat Just Inc. a high-profile endorsement’.
The menu has been put together by musician Questlove. It will feature Spam Musubi made with a combination of plant-based beef and pork from Impossible Foods and mung bean-based vegan eggs made by California-based startup Eat Just.
Questlove – who is also an investor in multiple vegan food companies, will have his signature Cheesesteak Eggrolls on the menu too. The dish is made with Impossible Foods’ plant-based beef and a yet-to-be-released cheese sauce developed by Perfect Day – a food technology company that uses precision fermentation to formulate animal-free, dairy identical whey proteins.
Is Obama vegan?
While the 44th President of the USA, is not a vegan/vegetarian, he has spoken out about environmental issues and urged people to cut down on their meat consumption in the past.
In his first foreign appearance after leaving Office, the politician spoke at the Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan. He spotlighted among other things, the undeniable connection between animal agriculture and climate change.
According to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, raising animals for food is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”
Animal agriculture accounts for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions—and a global shift to vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
“I think people naturally understand that big smokestacks have pollution in them and they understand air pollution, so they can easily make the connection between energy production and the idea of greenhouse gases,” Obama said.
“People aren’t as familiar with the impact of cows and methane unless you’re a farmer.”
He added: “That doesn’t mean that we can’t teach you and me to have a smaller steak, for our own health. It doesn’t mean we can’t make progress in educating the advanced world about the need to reduce, just for dietary reasons, the amount of meat that we consume at any given meal,” he said.
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