Cory Booker: ‘This Planet Simply Can’t Sustain’ People Eating Meat

But he says he won't lecture Americans about their diets...

Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said the planet "can't sustain" people eating meat, as the 2020 hopeful aims to become the first vegan president.

Booker told the vegan magazine VegNewsearlier this month that he became vegan after coming to the realization that eating eggs "didn't align with my spirit."

While claiming he does not want to lecture Americans on their diets, Booker says Americans need to be nudged into fake cheese because the planet cannot sustain the "environmental impact" of the food industry.

"You see the planet earth moving towards what is the Standard American Diet," Booker said. "We've seen this massive increase in consumption of meat produced by the industrial animal agriculture industry."

"The tragic reality is this planet simply can't sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact," he said. "It's just not possible."

Booker says the "devastating impact" of greenhouse gases produced by the meat industry is "just not practical."