Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said in an instagram video that growing cauliflower in community gardens is part of the “colonial” attitudes.

“What I love too is growing plants that are culturally familiar to the community. It’s so important,” she said.


“So that’s really how you do it right. That is such a core component of the Green New Deal is having all of these projects make sense in a cultural context, and it’s an area that we get the most pushback on because people say, ‘Why do you need to do that? That’s too hard.’”

“But when you really think about it — when someone says that it’s ‘too hard’ to do a green space that grows Yucca instead of, I don’t know, cauliflower or something — what you’re doing is you’re taking a colonial approach to environmentalism,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“That is why a lot of communities of color get resistant to certain environmentalist movements because they come with the colonial lens on them.”