Two U.S. senators – Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker – have joined forces on a bill to ban large-scale factory farming by 2040. The proposed legislation would help break up factory farm monopolies, whose business practices harm both animals and people.
Large factory farms are harmful to rural communities, public health, and the environment and we must immediately begin to transition to a more sustainable and humane system.
The COVID-19 crisis will make it easier for Big Ag to get even bigger, gobble up smaller farms, and lead to fewer choices for consumers. We need to attack this consolidation head-on and give workers, farmers, and consumers bargaining power in our farm and food system.
And Warren isn’t the only U.S. lawmaker to champion this reform. Reps. Jamie Raskin and Ro Khanna have co-sponsored a companion bill in the House, the Farm System Reform Act of 2020, increasing the legislation’s chances of success and showing that Congress has a greater interest in addressing some of the most serious problems in our food system.
You can help. Citing business disruptions related to COVID-19, the powerful meat industry is asking the federal government for a bailout as they continue to conduct horrific mass killing of animals on farms.