Senator Cory Booker (D – New Jersey) was interviewed for the Food Revolution Summit yesterday. I have seen Senator Booker before on Bill Maher and Steven Colbert and, I have to say, is one of the few current politicians who actually seems to make sense. I say this after meeting Al Franken (D – Minnesota) at the infamous Johnny’s Half Shell in Washington DC (recently made more infamous by John Oliver, skip ahead to 4:10 to see more). Mr. Franken had joined my University of St. Thomas MBA class to discuss health care policy. About 5 minutes in he turned to his very young, attractive, blond assistant and asked her “what is our position on that?”. Ugh.
Senator Booker, however, seems much more informed, articulate, and cogent than the typical political knuckleheads. He is a vegan, but clearly not a militant one. He espouses a policy of focusing on what unites us rather than what divides us and seems to believe that, given the proper information, most Americans will ultimately choose the path of whole food plant-based diets. I would say that I’m hopeful that he’s right, but I’m not quite as optimistic as he is.
Both Senator Booker and John Robbins had quite a bit to say about factory farming. The Senator is working to make a Federal exclusion to the spate of “Ag-Gag” bills that some states have been passed attempting to stifle whistle blowers at factory farms with grossly inhumane practices. I am pleased to note that the Ag-Gag bill in Minnesota never made it to the floor of either house. But the fact that they keep coming up in every state is just another testament to the power of dark money in politics and their long term plan to moving to state battles rather than federal battles. At any rate, keep an eye on Senator Booker. He seems like the genuine article.