“Cattle is very energy-consuming and energy-expensive,” said Andrew Yang at a climate change forum at Georgetown , “and if you project forward on what we would need to do to reduce emissions, you would want to modify Americans’ diets over time.”
So Andrew Yang’s solution is to charge cattle producers more money.
“So what you would want to do again is you’d want those cattle producers to have to internalize the cost of emissions… So then, what that would naturally do, and some people are going to hate this, but it would probably make those products more expensive,” he said.
But Yang is not alone on this. During an interview in February, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended the focus on cattle as a part of factory farming.
“In the deal, what we talk about, and it’s true, is that we need to take a look at factory farming, you know? Period. It’s wild,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“And so it’s not to say you get rid of agriculture, it’s not to say we’re gonna force everybody to go vegan or anything crazy like that. But it’s to say, ‘Listen, we gotta address factory farming. Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Like, let’s keep it real.”