by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Animals, Eats, Music, People
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Somehow between being the lead singer of one of the world’s most successful rock bands and reinventing himself as an equally beloved solo artist, Gordon Sumner (otherwise known as Sting) slowly but surely began to reveal his green roots.

It all started when he and his wife Trudie Styler established the Rainforest Foundation to protect indigenous tribes. Eventually, we were hearing about his enviable tantric yoga skills, vegetarianism, work with the Bees For Development Trust and plans to turn The Vertical Farm into a documentary.

What could a 58 year old with so many accomplishments under his belt possibly want to tackle next? How about salami, for starters? Say whaaaa!!?? Hasn’t he been rockin’ a meat-free lifestyle for decades?!! Yes… and no.

In the late nineties, the multi-award-winning musician acknowledged that since building an organic farm on his 900-acre Tuscany estate, he had so many animals scampering about that he started eating them. Weird.

Whatever his current diet, he’s selling organic versions of classic Italian foods under the name Il Palagio, including “speciality salami made from a local breed of pig,” chestnut and acacia honey, extra virgin olive oil and biodynamic Chianti/Tuscan red wine. If it’s any consolation, Styler feels that they’re “using nature’s bounty to give something back to the earth” by donating 10% of their profits “to the environmental charities (that they) support.”

What do you think about Sting’s decision to peddle pig? Organic deliciousness or gross incorporated? Chime in and share your thoughts!

  • http://www.twitter.com/adamdeyoung Adam De Young

    I don’t see anything wrong with it. I think it would be nice if all of the proceeds were going to fund their environmental charities (i.e. Paul Newman and his dressings) but at least they are trying…wait, don’t they have enough money?

  • rosario

    from my personal standpoint i have to say that i’m disappointed with his falling down on meat eating but on the other hand there shall always be meat eating people in this world and in this case it’s better that the meat comes from a free-land animal than from a factory farm! i think elizabeth hurley is doing the same thing! so i say: this is not for me but for meat eaters it should be ok!

  • Anthony Manifold

    Anyone know what they call their red wine?

    • Elizah Leigh

      I couldn’t find the name of their wine, but I found this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kuis9MP0ZGE that tells all about their cultivation practice — really interesting if you’re into grape juice with a kick ;)

    • http://www.pacificcolor.com Chris Grimes

      Sister Moon is the name of the wine

  • http://www.savennieres-closel.com Kenny Galloway

    Hey we’re an organic (moving toward biodynamic) vineyard and winery in France … but we don’t eat the animals running around in our vines, lol … they play an integral part in the rhythms and cycles of nature, essential to the upbringing of our delicious Clos du Papillon Savennières ;-) OK sorry that might have been overly poetic, but the point is, stop by for a visit and a taste !

    Domaine du Closel
    http://www.facebook.com/domaineduclosel
    http://twitter.com/domaineduclosel

  • LJ

    I am saddened he has sold out and started eating meat; you can still be sustainable, green, nutritionally healthy, etc. without taking another sentient being’s life just to satiate your own.

    • Kadie

      I’m with LJ…lame.. they sold out. And donating 10% to charity does not redeem them.

    • aurora sartain

      How sad. Killing is killing. The pig’s life is taken and 10% of anything will not make up for that. Aren’t there enough eating possibilities without murdering pigs. It is very difficult for me to understand. You can practice yoga, but not know what Ahisma really means.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1510915609 kevin mcmahon

    i heard this news today……….i am troubled by it! This is a bad time head…..why ja wanna go and do something like that for?
    Nice journalism BTW……..kmcm

  • http://winechillersandcoolers.com Mike

    I don’t see any problem with it. Eat what you want to eat just use moderation!

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  • PJ

    I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED TO READ THAT THEY ARE NOW KILLING ANAIMALS.
    SO SO SO VERY SAD TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE PART OF ANIMALS LOSING THEIR LIFES FOR A PRODUCT. I HUESS THEY STOPPED EATTING WAY BACK MORE FOR THEIR ONW PURPOSE….HEALTH…..AND NOT TO SAVE ANIMALS LIFES.
    THEY SHAOULD NOT NOT NOT BE RAISEING ANIMALS FOR SLAUGHTER.
    I LOVED STING EVER SINCE THE 70′s AND LOVED HIM TRI-FOLD WHEN I KNEW THAT HE WAS A VEGETARIAN. EATTING FISH IS NOT AS BAD AS EATTING A MAMMAL THAT HAS A CENTRAL NERVIOUS SYSTEM THAT IS MUCH LIKE HUMANS….THEY ARE ALSO SMART….CAN EVEN PLAY VIDEO GAMES. AND THE 10% THEY GIVE IS PIG SHIT, THEY’RE TAX WRITE OFF. WOW…….THEY ARE NOW A CORPORATE GREEDY PAIR OF MONEY MAKERS THAT LOST THEIR SOULS. I HOPE THEY DON’T GET CANCER NOW THAT THEY ARE EATTING FLESH AGAIN. YOGA CAN’T SAFE YOUR SOUL OR MIND WHEN YOU ARE INTO PIG FLEASH AND WILLING TO SPILL THEIR BLOOD FOR PROFIT.
    IT’S F–KED UP!! I BET PAUL IS SADDENED AND DISAPPOINTED ALSO. WHAT ANIMAL WILL THEY SLAUGHTER NEXT????………THE ITALIAN HARMONY IS DEATH.

  • PJ

    IT IS AN OUTRAGE FOR ME!!! PIG POPULATION CAN BE CONTROLLED LIKE PEOPLE OR CATS, DOGS….SPAY & NEUTER. THEY SHOULD NOT BE FOR MAN TO EAT PERIOD. WILL HE EAT HOS DOG OR CAT NEXT. AND BELIEVE ME, PIGS ARE SAMRT AND ALSO FEEL PAIN TOO. I JUST HE ON TRUDY HAVE NOT BEEN TO THEIR SLAUGHTER HOUSE. WHERE IS PAUL AND MADONNA, OR J. PHOENIX AND ALL THE OTHERS ON THIS. HOW COULD HE GO BACKWARDS. TOO MANY PIGS EX POLICE MAN THEN CONTROL THE PRODUCTION OF REPRODUCTION. DON’T KILL THE BABES. IT IS JUST ANOTHER SIN ON THE ANIMAL LIBERATIONS REASON FOR BEING. IT’S WRONG.
    100′S OF WAYS TO GET PROTEIN AND HE EATS FISH ANYWAY…..SO WHY KILL MAMMALS TOO!……………..I AM PISSED & VERY VERY DISAPPOINTED.
    I HAVE PAINTED MANY PAINTING OF STING BECAUSE I ADMIRED HIM FOR IS COMPASSION TOWARDS ANIMALS AND FOR HIS TALENT TO WRITE AND SING WITH DEEP PASSION THAT ONCE MOVED ME. NOW WHEN I PLAY HIS MUCIS I WILL CRY IN MY HEART FOR THE SAD DIRECTION HE HAS TURNED. THEY HAVE SO MUCH ALREADY. SEEMS THEY COULD SPARE THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS. EVEN IF IT’S ORGANIC DOES NOT MEAN THE WILL NOT HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS FROM EATTING HIS PIGS ESPECIALLY WHEN HE KNOWS IT IS WRONG AND ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS GIVE DISAPPPOINTING VIBS AND CURSE THIS ACT OF GREED. HE CAN RAISE FUNDS FOR THE RAINFOREST ANOTHER WAY. FOR CRING OUT LOUD. ONCE UPON A DAYDREAM….