Emeril Lagasse made some pretty big claims in a recent video interview with Good Housekeeping.
In plain words, the famous chef declared, “I’ve been green for about 35 years.” Wait, WHAT?!
“I think a lot of people see one side of me on television joking about pork fat,” he added. “But the professional side of me, we grow practically everything under the sun for our restaurant, because I want to control as much of the quality that’s going onto the table to my guests as possible. The motto is very simple: buy local, buy fresh, eat fresh, live longer.”
Sorry, Em, but I’m not buying it.
As Grist.com pointed out just this month, Emeril’s partnered with Chicago-based Allen Brothers, a wholesaler of high-end, conventionally raised beef. And even though Lagasse has said on his show, “Yep, grass-fed beef is definitely the way to go. It not only helps the environment, it gives you leaner, healthier meat from cows that are humanely treated,” Allen Brothers uses sustainable beef from corn-fed cows.
Now listen, you might not want to hear this, but I think you’re neat, so I’m just gonna come right out and say it: beef isn’t sustainable. It just isn’t. No way, no how. What’s more, this idea of claiming 35 years of green living is offensive to those (Read: Ed Begley Jr.) who really have been working hard for Mother Earth since the seventies.
Emeril, I like you, I bet you’re a super nice guy…but we just can’t give you the 35+ Green Badge. Sorry, Charlie.
Check out the clip below to watch the interview.