Friends in High Places?

PBNM has been proud to join with JIVINITI Women’s Coalition, a diverse group of organizations composed mostly of women of color, in their campaign to encourage VP Kamala Harris to go vegan this past January. While we have no way of knowing whether that campaign, which you may have seen on our social media pages, especially Facebook and Instagram, ever reached the Vice President, she appears to be tipping her toes into vegan waters, encouraged by her friend, Senator Cory Booker, himself a vegan.

In her recent visit to Tacotarian in Las Vegas, VP Harris shared that she was reducing the amount of animal products in her diet. “When she came in we were able to chat for a quick few minutes and we asked her about dabbling in veganism and she said she was doing vegan before 6pm and she heard about our restaurant from her good friend Senator Cory Booker,” commented Tacotarian Co-Founder Kristen Corral in an interview with Veg News.

According to the Veg News article “During her presidential run, Harris revealed her stance on encouraging Americans to reduce their consumption of meat. At a CNN town hall in 2019, Harris responded to a question about whether she would support a change in the dietary guidelines to reduce the consumption of red meat. “I love cheeseburgers from time to time, I just do. But [we must also consider] what we do in terms of creating incentives that we will eat in a healthy way, that we will encourage moderation, and that we will be educated about the effect of our eating habits on our environment,” Harris said. “We have to do a much better job with that and the government has to do a much better job with that.””

In an additional article about VP Harris’s visit, Plant Based News interviewed Burrough President of Brooklyn, Eric Adams, who is not just a vegan, but a strong plant-based advocate, remarked “I wholeheartedly support the coalition in initiating these vital conversations focused on women of color in the US. And, for marginalized women worldwide.

“We must turn food deserts into food oases, particularly in communities of color where nutritional foods are scarce.””

There is no question that the more the Vice President becomes aware of the benefits of eliminating animal products from the diet, we must encourage her and others in positions of power that, while being vegan is certainly an imperative for our planet (and certainly for the animals), we know that’s not quite enough. As Eric Adams said to Plant Based News “Switching to a whole-food, plant-based diet taught me about the transformative power of what’s on our dinner plate. With the new Biden-Harris Administration in office, it’s time we take this conversation nationally.”

Contributing Writer: Judi Bryan

Judi Bryan serves on the board of directors of Plant Based Nutrition Movement and has been Secretary to the organization since its inception in 2018. Having personally experienced the profound impact of dietary changes including the reversal of pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc., she’s made it her mission to share broadly what she’s learned. She does that through offering her technological skills to build and maintain systems including the PBNM website, Meetup, social media presence, member database, etc., to amplify that message. Judi has also earned the T. Colin Campbell Plant-Based Certificate through eCornell.