Democrat election candidate branded 'weird' and 'a political joke' over meat reduction comments
Cory Booker has been dubbed "weird" and "a political joke" after suggesting Americans reduce their meat consumption.
Booker, who has identified as vegan, is in the running to be the Democratic nominee for the 2020 election.
He told VegNews yesterday:
"We’ve seen this massive increase in consumption of meat produced by the industrial animal agriculture industry. The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact.
"It’s just not possible, as China, as Africa move toward consuming meat the same way America does because we just don’t have enough land.
"The devastating impact is just not practical. The numbers just don’t add up. We will destroy our planet unless we start figuring out a better way forward when it comes to our climate change and our environment."
But his comments haven't been received well from the Republican side.
During a segment on Fox News, where the panelists were eating meat, Booker was called "weird" with one contributor saying that "this guy is going to be obliterated".
Other political figures have also reacted to Booker's comments with Liz Cheney, a member of congress, Tweeting she is a "member of PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals".
Her joke came just one day after a report said political leaders weren't taking climate change seriously enough.
The backlash comes despite the fact that farming is responsible for the equivalent of 574 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States each year, with 42 percent of agricultural emissions come from animal agriculture.
Booker's veganism has recently been questioned after he was pictured holding a Hot Pocket, VGN has contacted his press team for a statement.