‘Burger wars’: Battle over meat consumption grows partisan as lab-grown protein options expand

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to activists about the Green New Deal Image: Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times via Redux
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At this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC …. an unlikely political rallying cry was born. ‘They want to take away your hamburgers!’ cried Sebastian Gorka, a strategist formerly attached to the Donald Trump administration …. ‘This is what Stalin dreamed about.’ The ‘they’, naturally, were  …. a Democratic Party caucus advocating a radical ‘Green New Deal’ to mitigate the impact of climate change on the planet.

Does anyone actually want to nix your classic burger? The idea was born of a throwaway remark made by Democratic representative …. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

‘Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like, let’s keep it real,’ she told a US talk show when outlining the deal’s proposals with regard to the farming sector (food production and agriculture is responsible for about 9 per cent of US greenhouse emissions). ‘Apparently, I’m a cow dictator,’ Ocasio-Cortez later told The New Yorker’s David Remnick.

Related article:  Will 'Green New Deal' mean the end of hamburgers?

‘What’s humorous to me is that we’re finally proposing a clear, ambitious but necessary and grounded policy ….  so it’s hard for the Republicans to refute the actual policy on its substance.’

Read full, original article: Patty politics: how the humble hamburger became a symbol of liberty under threat

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