MUTTON IN THE BALANCE

It’s edible Al:

Even without the current climate change fervour, “The Al Gore” looks set to become a culinary curio when the latest expo juggernaut rolls into town next month.

The takeaway mutton dish – named after the former US vice-president – will be on the menu at the 2007 Organic Expo at Carlton’s Royal Exhibition Building from September 7-9.

Mutton? Mutton? They couldn’t find any non-endangered endangered Chilean sea bass?

It’s an organic mix of mutton and aromatic root vegetables to be sold at the expo’s humble kiosk near a life-sized cutout of climate change crusader, Al Gore, mouthing the words “conveniently good for you and the environment”.

Could’ve been worse. Instead of Al mouthing the words, it might have been an Al pal – “Did some grilling last night with my friend Jon Bon Jovi. His new record is great” – singing them. (By the way; a cut-out version of Al Gore? Who could tell the difference?)

As an additional enticement for more serious greenies, Kinnear and Thomas say no ingredient will have travelled more than 100 kilometres from production to plate.

And if Al’s speedy son is in charge of delivery, you’ll have those ingredients in about 20 minutes.

(Via Luke, who emails: “One thing about Gore: he doesn’t look much like he goes for the greenie starvation chic.”)

UPDATE. Gore’s meatiness draws fire:

Ever since “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore has been the darling of environmentalists, but that movie hardly endeared him to the animal rights folks. According to them, the most inconvenient truth of all is that raising animals for meat contributes more to global warming than all the sport utility vehicles combined.

The biggest animal rights groups do not always overlap in their missions, but now they have coalesced around a message that eating meat is worse for the environment than driving.

Depends on how you drive. Some of us can eat four steaks a day and still do more damage by driving; it’s simply a matter of determination.

Posted by Tim B. on 08/29/2007 at 03:48 AM
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