Sen. Cory Booker, who follows a vegan diet, denied during Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate that he doesn’t want to force Americans to give up meat.
Noting concerns that climate change regulations could impact economic growth, moderator Jorge Ramos asked Booker whether he thought “more Americans should follow” his vegan diet.
“First of all, I want to say no. Actually, I want to translate that into Spanish: no,” Booker said, his response drawing laughter from the crowd and the moderators.
“[O]ne of the reasons why I have a bill to put a moratorium on this kind of corporate consolidation is because this factory farming is destroying and hurting our environment and you see independent family farmers being pushed out of business because of the kind of incentives that we are giving that don’t line up with our values.” Booker said. “That’s what I’m calling for.”
Numerous conservatives have accused Democrats of seeking to ban meat eating to curb emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from cattle.
“They want to rebuild your home. They want to take away your hamburgers,” former deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka told the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.
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