By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
Published: 09:07 BST, 22 May 2019 | Updated: 09:07 BST, 22 May 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that growing cauliflower in community gardens is 'taking a colonial approach to environmentalism.'
The firebrand New York Democrat took to Instagram to discuss how such gardens were a 'core component' of her proposed Green New Deal on Tuesday.
She discussed in the live broadcast how it was important that people of color felt they were able to grow foods familiar to them in these green spaces.
The 29-year-old said: 'What I love too is growing plants that are culturally familiar to the community. It's so important.'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, walked around her native New York as she discusses how community gardens were central to her Green New Deal
She added: '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