No matter what your politics, diet or beliefs, this is definitely a first: a single, vegan, senator is running for president in 2020. We are in NO WAY endorsing Mr. Booker as president, but seeing as he’s talked about health and veganism we found this interesting.

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And with Sen. Cory Booker’s Friday announcement of his bid for the White House, it’s possible that the United States could see its first vegan president. 

Booker, 49, is the fourth Democratic senator and second black candidate to enter the race. He’s also a self-described “junk-food vegan,” but he’s trying to eat better. He practices intermittent fasting and loves the Impossible burger!
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And he’s not alone in lifestyle. More and more the vegan or plant-based lifestyle is gaining popularity:1

  • At the Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan in May 2017, former President Barack Obama urged the world to eat less meat (he confirmed that he is not vegetarian, let alone vegan)
  • Beyoncé and Jay Z are plant-based and recently partnered with the Greenprint Project to encourage people to switch to plant-based diets- you could earn you free tickets to their shows for life by making the switch
  • WWE star Daniel Bryant debuted a new vegan championship belt
  • comedian Ellen DeGeneres did a bit on trying out the diet on her Netflix special, “Relatable”
  • singer Miley Cyrus doesn’t eat meat
  • actor Mena Massoud, who will play the titular role in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin,” launched a plant-based food travel show called “Evolving Vegan.”
  • “Tickling Giants” star Bassem Youssef has also chronicled his plant-based journey.

According to a 2018 study done by Global Data, the rate of people who identify as vegan has grown by a whopping 600% over the last three years. And U.K.-based Vegan Society recently reported that vegan-related Google search trends quadrupled between 2012 and 2017; a good trend as the society says were the world to go vegan, “it could save 8 million human lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoid climate damages of $1.5 trillion.”1

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Veganism is the practice of not eating any animal products (including honey) but many also apply the practice to clothing and other avenues (SUCH AS VACCINES!). Of those who practice veganism, “some do it for the animals; some, for the planet and others do it for personal health or beliefs.”1

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  1. LA Times