Vegan US Senator Cory Booker recently hosted lunch for the Congressional Black Caucus, serving the 44 African-American members of Congress a smorgasbord of plant-based food. Booker filmed reactions to the cruelty-free catered lunch in a video posted to Facebook, accompanied by an explanation of the motivation behind bringing awareness of plant-based eating to the black community. “Black Americans health data and disparities are stunning, with rates of heart failure 20 times that of whites and rates of diabetes almost two times that of whites,” Booker said. An overwhelming majority of members filmed remarked positively, saying the food was “awesome,” and “healthy.” A 74-year-old Congressman, referred to as “one of the more distinguished members” by Booker, even sang the food’s praises. “Coming from the food capital of America—Chicago—I think this takes the cake,” Rep. Danny Davis (IL) said. The video’s lone dissenter, Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH), jokingly jabbed at Booker amid other members’ positive feedback. “I think we should never allow you to buy lunch again,” Fudge said. “What are you missing on that plate, though?” Booker asked, laughing, to which Fudge exclaimed, “Meat!” Notably, the Congresswoman is shown continuing to eat, before eventually admitting to a laughing Booker, “It’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be.”
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