Sen. Cory Booker on being a vegan and the environmental impact of factory-farmed meat

Sen. Cory Booker on being a vegan and the environmental impact of factory-farmed meat


If you could talk about your personal decision
to be a vegan, which really brings together the issue of the environment and personal
health? Listen, my personal decision is to try every
day to be a better — living the values in which I hold. And so, my veganism is a much better way to
accord myself with my values. But I want to be clear with you that — because
I don’t want this to be a holier-than-thou moment. I don’t know where the suit I’m wearing
was made. And fast fashion is injustice. It is injustice. You know, these are vegan shoes, so I’m
trying to be consistent with things. So, for me, all of us have to do a better
job in living in accordance with what our values are. I don’t want to preach to people what our
values are, but I know what corporate animal agriculture — not the farm heritage, the
independent family farmers I’ve met all around this country, but massive corporate
animal agriculture is destroying the environment. What’s happening to animals is something,
if Americans — in fact, they’re passing these things called ag-gag laws, which I know
you’ve heard of, where they’re trying to block Americans from actually knowing what’s
happening to animals. That’s why those CAFOs are usually covered,
so you can’t see in and the misery and the suffering going on with animals. And so, for me, from everything from my health
— the leading cause of death for black men is preventable diseases. As Ron Finley, this great — he has a TED
Talk, black man in South-Central Los Angeles. He has this great TED Talk — you should
watch it — where he says, “In South-Central, we got drive-bys and drive-thrus, and the
drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.” And so, I’m trying to do my best to live
my values. I fail every day, but I want to get better
and better and better, to be more conscious about the decisions I’m making. And in a capitalist society, you vote every
day with your dollars. And so, my veganism is something I’m happy
to talk about, and about the reasons why. But I want to tell you this — Martin Luther
King said it more eloquently than I could ever say it. He goes, “I can pass — I can’t pass
laws to make you love me, but I can pass laws to stop you from lynching me.” I can’t pass laws to change your heart,
but I can pass laws to restrain the heartless. And so, I may not — I may not want to force
my dietary habits on everybody here. But if I’m your president, I’m going to
stop us subsidizing through our ag bills the corporate animal agriculture that ultimately
is hurting our country. And I haven’t heard another presidential
candidate that wants to talk about these issues. Animal agriculture right now is the way — the
large corporate animal agriculture is driving so much of the problems with climate change. The number-one reason for deforestation, rainforest
deforestation, is grazing lands for the larger and larger consumption of meat. Scientists say that we would need four planet
Earths if the rest of the planet ate the standard American diet. And by the way, China is moving towards the
standard American diet. More people are eating like we’re eating. And so, we have to start talking about a free
market, not the subsidization of corporations, whether it’s oil companies or folks that
are doing it. Now, if I have more sway over the ag bill,
God, we’re going to let farmers lead us out of this. But we’re going to be doing things like
incentivizing cover crops and no-till farming, things that pull carbon out of the air. We’re going to incentivize reforestation. I have a plan to plant 100 million trees in
urban areas, which will cool them down, pull more carbon out of the air. We need to start using our incentives, our
taxpayer dollars, to incentivize the right behavior and stop the human suffering that’s
going on as a result of a lot of the things we’re spending — we’re doing with — subsidizing
with our taxpayer dollars.

48 Comments on "Sen. Cory Booker on being a vegan and the environmental impact of factory-farmed meat"


  1. You can eat bark for all I care, you are still a corporate stooge. The only vegan thing about Booker is his word salad he just tossed.

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  2. As you "run" one of the deadliest cities in all of America I think you should worry less about muh environment and more about you know…actual, real CRIME you buffoon.

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  3. Tulsi is vegan and has better integrity than this crony. He took half a million from big pharma to block a bill that would have allowed cheaper drugs to come in from Canada. His excuse was that those drugs were not FDA approved. Anyone who is willing to investigate this weak argument will find that Canada has stronger drug regulations than the US. Otherwise, why do you not see news of Canadians dropping dead all around from their own pharmaceutical drugs?… Him claiming to be a vegan is nothing but platitude and identity politics distractions and deflections that have nothing to do with policies that will actually help Main Street because he is bought to continue this money train.

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  4. This is the only time that I felt he was being authentic….It's a shame that he can't find the passion for other progressive policies like: a living wage, medicare for all, and free education from the cradle to the grave.

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  5. Bernie has actually spoken about this: "Factory farms are responsible for 1.4 trillion pounds of animal waste in America.
    They are a threat to the water we drink and the air we breathe, and it is unbelievable to me that Republicans in Congress have been working overtime to exempt factory farms from environmental laws."

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  6. Black vegan, environmentalist.. if he comes out as trans he got a trifecta! My desk is vegan gimme a medal.

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  7. I bet he's not even really vegan. This guy will do anything to appear like he's not a corporate tool, he's a wolf in sheep's clothing, and Amy is giving him her platform.

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  8. I wish he wasn't such a tool in other areas, because he's DEAD ON with the agriculture AKA meat and dairy subsidies ruining the planet

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  9. I'm Bernie2020 all the way but Corey Booker is on point with this issue. We need to subsidize family farms to transition into plant based farming. That is the future and people need to accept this now or there won't be a future

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  10. Congrats Booker for your ethical & progressive choice in diet, now wake up & make ethical & progressive choices for Americans & abandon the centrist establishment con.

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  11. He's right. There are no other presidential candidates willing to address animal agriculture. Its tragic

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  12. Being a vegan, Jesuit, Illuminati, illuminated 33° Freemason. All the dung of the Roman Catholic Church poisoning this planet. All the Roman Catholic Church thesis antithesis synthesis to deceive you. That The book of Daniel and Revelation have told you about. Church and state will come together. Don't believe me. When you go to court what do you see behind the judge????? It is a Roman seal. Who speaks for the world????? Who meets with all the world leaders and merchants of the world????? Pope Francis And his Jesuit buddy's.. have you ever heard of the dark ages????? You will. Have you ever heard of the King James Bible???? God Jesus holy word????? The dark ages will tell you about this Bible. What does the pope and most of the whole world have in common???? Sun worship. Sunday worship. Have you ever heard of Constantine???he changed the biblical Seventh-Day Sabbath the fourth commandment to Sunday the first day of the week. What is the biblical Seventh-Day Sabbath???? The fourth commandment the one that says remember?????the biblical Seventh-Day Sabbath the fourth commandment is from Friday evening to Saturday evening. Constantine change this commandment to Sunday the first day of the week. History repeats itself again. Now if you were the devil how would you hide the mark of the beast???? You would make Sunday not biblical Seventh-Day Sabbath. By default you will be worshipping mansway the devil's way. You don't believe me????? Ask the pope encyclical LAUDATO SI. The pope and the devil claim to be God. Which one wears white???? You be the judge

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  13. What about Kosher and Halal meat, grass fed, no antibiotics free range meat, non GM. There are actually Natural Grocers in America that sells wholesome meat.

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  14. The U.S. GOVERNMENT was built on the PRINCIPLES and VALUES of SLAVERY.
    Period!

    The U.S. GOVERNMENT has failed to give REPARATIONS AND RESTITUTION FOR ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS.
    That alone makes the U.S. GOVERNMENT a GROSSLY NEGLECTFUL, DISHONEST, DECEITFUL, WICKED,… organization.

    We all know RIGHT from WRONG.

    White America has received INHERITANCE AFTER INHERITANCE since the 15th, 16th,… century.
    White America and white farmers have corrupted federal law, agriculture, EDUCATION, food & drug,…
    White America and greedy white supremacists farmers CREATED OBESITY, IGNORANCE, POOR HEALTH,… in the USA and throughout the world.

    Think people!
    These wicked, greedy, deceitful,… BASTARDS taught that we need 3 meals per day and snacks in between.
    BULLSHIT!

    THAT'S OVER EATING.

    America a "Christian" based and founded country right?
    Why didn't/doesn't the "EDUCATION" system, PRIVATE and PUBLIC teach and force FASTING in society?

    Why does the U.S. GOVERNMENT allow "Christians", "Muslims", and "Jews" to have businesses and practices that BLATANTLY go against their very BELIEFS, BIBLE, DOCTRINES, LAWS, TORAH, QURAN,…

    "MUSLIMS" having liquor stores with ALCOHOL, CIGARETTES, JUNK FOOD, PORK, PORNOGRAPHY,…

    "CHRISTIANS" selling PORNOGRAPHY, JUNK FOOD,…

    "JEWS" allowing businesses to exist that go against the BIBLE, TORAH,… The "JEWS" have the majority of the wealth and they contributed greatly to the AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE. They've NEVER come forward to admit this and take ownership of that FACT.
    This is one main reason why so many black people are ANGRY, CHAOTIC, CONFUSED, IGNORANT, MENTALLY CHALLENGED,…

    All animals need to be free ranged! Not cattled nor farmed.

    AMERICA (ESPECIALLY WHITE PEOPLE) NEEDS TO STOP DOMESTICATING ANIMALS FOR PETS.
    IT'S BEEN SAID THAT THERE'S MORE ANIMAL SHELTERS THAN THERE ARE HOMELESS SHELTERS. IF THAT'S TRUE, THAT'S PROOF IN ITSELF THAT AMERICA'S VALUES ARE TWARTED, MISALIGNED, DISTORTED, AND TAINTED.

    AMERICA MUST CLOSE MANY OF THE PET SHOPS.

    AMERICA MUST CLOSE MANY OF THE PRISONS AND BUILD HOMES THERE.

    ANIMALS SHOULD NOT BE CAGED, UNLESS IT'S TO INCREASE THE BIRTH TO PREVENT EXTINCTION.

    MOST WHITE PEOPLE ARE DESTROYING HUMANITY AND THE PLANET WITH THEIR GREED, IGNORANCE, INCOMPETENCE,…
    YOU NOTICE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND MOST OF WHITE AMERICA REFUSE TO LISTEN TO AND LEARN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, BLACK PEOPLE (THE FIRST HUMANS TO EXIST, GOD'S FIRST CHILDREN AND THE CREATORS OF ALL OTHER ETHNICITIES), INDIGENOUS PEOPLE,…
    • "CLIMATE CHANGE".
    • "GLOBAL WARMING"
    WHITE AMERICA AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. WAKE THE FUCK UP AND CONSULT WITH AND LISTEN TO AFRICAN PEOPLE, THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE,… AND STOP FEELING WHITE ENTITLED AND WHITE PRIVILEGED. THAT SHIT IS KILLING HUMANITY AND OUR PLANET.

    REPARATIONS AND RESTITUTION FOR ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS WILL FIX MOST OF THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS. PERIOD!
    BY NATURE, THE MAJORITY OF BLACK PEOPLE ARE NOT SELF-DESTRUCTIVE. MOST WHITE PEOPLE ARE! LOOK AROUND.
    BLACK PEOPLE BY NATURE ARE BETTER AT MOST THINGS, MUCH BETTER THAN ALL OTHER ETHNICITIES. YET! SOCIETY DOES NOT LISTEN TO MOST BLACK PEOPLE BECAUSE OF WHAT WHITE PEOPLE CREATED IN THE WORLD. SYSTEMIC RACISM!

    WE DO NOT NEED TO EAT MEAT TO LIVE NOR FOR PROTEIN. THAT'S SOME BULLSHIT SOME WHITE PEOPLE CAME UP WITH.

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  15. I've always thought he was a good speaker but not sure what his stance is on red flag laws. If you look up the history of red flag laws it started with the communist agenda of see something say something in Russia and Germany. It's a communist agenda that can be proven with a 3 second Google search.

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  16. If he was for cutting off all lobby money to all government officials and candidates I'd vote for him. Until that happens we don't really have a country or a drmocracy

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  17. Who gives a f*k about this brainwashed ' groid ' not eating meat, i'm going to Popeye's Chicken for a chicken sandwich, hope some other brainwashed ' groid ' doesn't kill me over it. 😂

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  18. Booker don't even return people's calls about H.R.2527 and his SSA OFFICE being corrupt and he knew about the water in Newark being toxic

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  19. Mr. Booker, you are great when you are talking about this, and it is great to hear, but that is part of the Green New Deal, and you should not run for President, you know that is not what you want and sorry when you are up there on the debate stage you are not good at it, stay as a Senator, and you would be great as one of the Senator who will fight to pass the Green New Deal.

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