Senator Cory Booker is hard at work to get rid of factory farms. Joined now by Elizabeth Warren, Booker is working to promote his new bill The Farm System Reform Bill. Originally unveiled in late 2019, the bill is arguably even more crucial in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
At the center of the bill is the need to reform large industrial animal operations like factory farms. The bill focuses on four items:
- Help farmers currently running factory farms transition to different agricultural systems with a $100 billion fund
- Makes the Packers and Stockyards Act stronger to remove contracts and structures that take advantage of small farmers
- Make pollution, accidents and disasters part of the agricultural sector’s problem, instead of blaming farmers and relying on them for cleanup
- Phase out existing factory farms, with an end to all factory farms by 2040
Elizabeth Warren recently announced she was joining onto the bill, “For years and years, giant multinational corporations have been crushing competition in the agricultural sector and seizing key markets while regulators have looked the other way. The Covid-19 crisis is making it even easier for Big Ag to get even bigger and gobble up small farms — leaving farmers out in the cold and consumers facing higher costs and fewer choices.”
Another win for the bill is the sponsorship of a companion bill by Representative Ro Khanna, who co-chaired Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid.” Khanna said of the decision to get involved, “I saw these factory farms, and I saw miles and miles of land where you couldn’t see farmers. All you could see was machinery and runoff. And when I spoke to actual farmers, they talked about how the people who owned these farms weren’t in Iowa.”
Leah Garcés, the president of Mercy for Animals said the bill, “would end animal agriculture as we know it. It wouldn’t let the system go forward as it does. I think hundreds of farmers would sign up for this. They just need a bridge.”
And read more about recent updates on factory farming including Antibiotic Resistance in Humans Tied to Factory Farms and We’re Eating Sick Animals and Getting Deadly Diseases Because the USDA Won’t Uphold Basic Welfare Standards in Slaughterhouses.
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