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Bernie Sanders Co-Sponsors Bill To Ban Factory Farming

by | August 6, 2020

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.”

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The bill would ban new factory farms from opening by 2040 (David Tadevosian/Shutterstock.com)

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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!


5 Responses to “Bernie Sanders Co-Sponsors Bill To Ban Factory Farming”

  1. Laurie
    August 7th, 2020 @ 5:55 am

    It’s been a long time coming! Hoping the meat lobby money won’t bring down this bill, we need major change

  2. Alix Coe
    August 7th, 2020 @ 1:26 pm

    Fingers crossed! 🙂

  3. Christine Oyewo
    August 8th, 2020 @ 3:42 am

    This is very very necessary. Apart from the ethical issue of cruelty to animals there is the risk to disease to humans, environmental and sustainability issues. May it not be said by our decendants that we were cruel and insensitive and left a destroyed earth for them to inherit. It will also reduce the risk of obesity because if animals are raised in a healthy sustained way, meat products may become more expensive which will mean that people will no longer be able to eat too much of them . We will be a healthier nation.

  4. Flora Trueman
    August 9th, 2020 @ 12:05 am

    This is the most important issue in modern society. Factory farming destroys human health, environment, planet!

  5. Ephie
    August 10th, 2020 @ 1:10 pm

    Why 2040? Billions of innocent animals will be brutalised until then. Why not 2025? These are concentration and extermination camps. no less. The sooner they’re gone, the better.

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