Newly elected congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ revealed on social media that her go-to choice of milk is vegan. “I’m very into oat milk right now which, in my opinion, is the best of all the milks after cashew milk,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in an Instagram story. “I know I [sound] very bougie right now but almost any non-dairy milk sounds bougie so here we are.” The congresswoman’s discussion of vegan milk was prompted by blogger Sarina Farb who wrote an open letter to Ocasio-Cortez. While the congresswoman is a strong proponent of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to halt climate change, Ocasio-Cortez ate ice cream on a recent episode of The Colbert Report, an action Farb pointed out is hypocritical. “I understand that addressing climate change is a top priority for you, and I am thrilled that you are pushing hard for change at the governmental level with your Green New Deal, yet you are missing one very large piece of the puzzle,” Farb wrote. “While the energy sector is definitely the largest cause of carbon dioxide emissions, animal agriculture is actually the single biggest overall driver of greenhouse gas emissions.” The blogger urged Ocasio-Cortez to use her influential platform to promote a plant-based diet, referencing The Lancet’s comprehensive climate-change report to support her claim that a drastic reduction in the consumption of animal products is necessary to meet environmental goals set forth in the Paris Agreement. “I know that you are truly dedicated to helping people and stopping climate change. That’s why I am urging you to please quit consuming animal products and supporting the very thing you are working against,” Farb wrote. “So please, for the sake of our future, stand with me in support of plant-based living and an end to animal agriculture subsidies which continue to prop up this terribly destructive industry.”
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