Bernie Sanders Co-Sponsors Bill To Ban Factory Farming
Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has voiced his support for the end of factory farming.
Democrat Sanders — who serves as a senator in Vermont — has co-signed a bill to ban factory farming by 2040.
The bill — known as the Farm System Reform Act (FSRA) — was introduced by vegan politician Cory Booker last year. The legislation proposes that new factory farms are prohibited from opening, and that large-scale farming operations are gradually phased out. The FSRA would also hold meat producers to account for the damage they cause to the environment.
“An Urgent Environmental, Justice, And Ethical Issue”
“Factory farming is not only an urgent environmental, justice, and ethical issue but also an issue of public health,” said Michael Webermann, Executive Director of ProVeg International.
“Mega-farms have taken over the agriculture sector, leaving fewer choices for consumers and creating a breeding ground for future pathogens because animals are cramped tightly together in severe, unsanitary conditions.”
- STUDY SHOWS A SHIFT TO PLANT-BASED DIETS WOULD CREATE 19 MILLION JOBS
- ROONEY MARA AND JOAQUIN PHOENIX EXPOSE DISEASE RISK OF FARMING IN NEW FILM
- VIETNAM BANS WILDLIFE TRADE TO PROTECT AGAINST FUTURE PANDEMICS
Bill To Ban Factory Farming
The FSRA has gained support during the coronavirus pandemic, as the threat to human health posed by factory farming has been widely exposed.
“We’ve long known that factory farms pollute the air, contaminate water, and destroy biodiversity,” explained Webermann.
“The Consequences Of A Global Pandemic”
“But now that we are living the consequences of a global pandemic, we can no longer stand idly by without change.”
“Hopefully, Senator Sanders’ decision to sponsor the bill leads other legislators to follow suit and support this critical bill.”
Do you think the bill is likely to pass into law? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Tags: animal farming, Animal welfare, Bernie Sanders, coronavirus, cory booker, COVID-19, factory farming, Farm System Reform Act, Senator, Vermont