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US politician Eric Adams is urging Vice President Kamala Harris to go vegan.

Adams, the current Borough President of Brooklyn, has spoken out in support of the JIVINITI Women’s Foundation.

The initiative calls on the Biden-Harris administration to take a plant-based approach to tackle COVID-19, and address food insecurity, chronic illness, racial and gender-based structural inequality, and climate change.

‘Vital conversations’

In a statement sent to PBN, Adams said: “I wholeheartedly support the coalition in initiating these vital conversations focused on women of color in the US and for marginalized women worldwide.

“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.”

Eric Adams

Adams, who recently declared his candidacy to be mayor of NYC, often uses his position to advocate a plant-based lifestyle.

He told PBN one of his greatest achievements was banning processed meat from NY public schools.

Moreover, he has written a book on how a vegan diet can tackle chronic disease in the African American community.

Supporters of the JIVINITI coalition 

Last month, the predominantly BIPOC-led coalition penned a letter to the administration. It also launched a petition for Harris to go vegan in 2021.

Since then, it has garnered attention from several high-profile vegans such as Heather Mills and Genesis Butler.

Mills, the owner of VBites, said: “An animal-based economy oppresses everyone. I pledge my support to the coalition and invite Harris to support plant-forward policy change and to go vegan.”

Viva! Founder Juliet Gellatley, who also supports the campaign, added: “Covid-19 has taken countless innocent lives… The collective trauma it has caused will take generations to process.

“[COVID-19] was caused by the extreme exploitation of animals… The people most adversely affected by humanitarian crises are women, particularly women of color, all around the world. 

“The quickest and simplest way of dismantling this lucrative industry is to radically reduce the global demand for animal products. And that means going vegan.”

Moreover, Gellatley says she ‘whole-heartedly’ supports the campaign, and ‘invites Harris to become plant-powered’.

You can read JIVINITI’s open letter to Harris here, and sign the petition here

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.