Is America ready for a vegan president? | The Tylt
Is America ready for a vegan president?
According to a 2018 Gallup poll, veganism remains a relatively unpopular diet choice among Americans.
Animal rights activists have long encouraged Americans to adopt a plant-based diet by becoming vegetarians (abstaining from eating meat) or by becoming vegan (rejecting all animal products). However, fewer than one in 10 Americans adhere to such diets, with 5% in the U.S. now saying they are vegetarians and 3% reporting they are vegans. These numbers are little changed in recent years.
Booker has loudly touted his vegan diet throughout his political career, appearing at events like New Jersey's VegFest.
“I am the only vegan in the United States’ senator in history. But I’ll tell you this: the vegan consciousness is growing in our country and all those people, regardless of your diet, you are conscious of the environment, conscious of justice for animals, against cruelty to animals, conscious of your health. I am so proud that we’re all gathered here today to celebrate the consciousness of ideals that all of us hold dear. And I just want to wish you all the best, I’m proud to stand with you and proud to be here.”
Booker has built his career on trying to bring people together, calling himself a "prisoner of hope." Maybe he can use that drive to bridge the gap between vegans and meat eaters. But it looks like it will be an uphill battle for the presidential candidate.
People have been losing their dang minds over Beyoncé and Jay Z's vegan challenge. The power pair has promised one lucky fan the opportunity to win a lifetime of tickets to the duo's shows (if your life is exactly 30 years long) in exchange for adopting a vegan diet. Maybe with a vegan queen and vegan president could sway the American people.