This week, Brooklyn Borough President and vegan advocate Eric L. Adams urged the Biden-Harris administration to adopt policies that promote plant-based nutrition to the American public. Adams is among a growing list of leaders who publicly support the JIVINITI Women’s Coalition—a diverse group of organizations composed mostly of women of color led by nonprofit The Virsa Foundation which advocates for social justice through initiatives that promote plant-based nutrition. In December, the group launched a campaign to challenge Vice President Kamala Harris to go vegan in January and beyond to set a plant-based example for all Americans.
Making plant-based a national conversation
Adams went vegan in 2016 and has used his political platform to help fellow New Yorkers gain control of their health through several plant-based initiatives. “I wholeheartedly support the JIVINITI coalition in initiating these vital conversations focused on women of color in the US and for marginalized women worldwide,” Adams said. “We must turn food deserts into food oases, particularly in communities of color where nutritional foods are scarce. 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 national.”
In addition to Adams, 13-year-old vegan activist Genesis Butler and British entrepreneur Heather Mills are pleading their support to JIVINTI’s mission and joining the call for the Biden-Harris administration to promote plant-based nutrition to all Americans. “I urge the Biden-Harris administration to take steps towards shutting down large-scale animal agriculture and ending systemic racism and the health crisis,” Butler said. “My generation looks up to our national leaders—especially powerful women leaders like Vice President Harris—to help secure a happy and healthy world for our tomorrow.”