Cory Booker wants to ban factory farming 'Phasing out factory farming should be high on the agenda' - Media Credit: Gage Skidmore

US Senator Cory Booker Says Factory Farming Ban Should Be ‘High On The Agenda’

'These cramped warehouses of livestock are breeding grounds for infectious disease. Ending factory farming can help prevent future pandemics'

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US Senator Cory Booker says ending factory farming should be ‘high on the agenda’.

The politician regularly uses his platform to advocate a more ethical way of living. In 2018, he introduced a bill that would try and curb experiments on monkeys.

‘Prevent future pademics’

“As we strive to recover and rebuild, phasing out factory farming should be high on the agenda,” Booker tweeted.

“These cramped warehouses of livestock are breeding grounds for infectious disease.”

He also told his followers: “Ending the cruel practice of factory farming can help prevent future pandemics.”

‘Ending the cruel practice of factory farming can help prevent future pandemics’

Factory farming ban

Last year, fellow politican Senator Elizabeth Warren announced she is co-sponsoring Booker’s bill to ban factory farming by 2040.

Under the Farm System Reform Act, new factory farms – also known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) – would be stopped from opening and existing large facilities would be phased out by 2040.

Farmers running small and medium scale CAFOs would be offered voluntary buyouts, but not prohibited under the bill, which is also being co-sponsored by Representative Ro Khanna.

Big Ag

In a statement, Warren said: “For years, regulators looked the other way while giant multinational corporations crushed competition in the agriculture sector and seized control over key markets.

“COVID-19 will make it easier for Big Ag to get even bigger. [To] gobble up smaller farms, and lead to fewer choices for consumers.”

Warren also said the system needs to give workers, farmers, and consumers ‘bargaining power in our food system’.

She then added: “I’m glad to partner with Senator Booker and Representative Khanna to start reversing the hyper-concentration in our farm economy.”

Is Cory Booker vegan?

According to multiple reports, Booker does follow a vegan lifestyle. The politician first started cutting animal products out of his diet back in 1992.

He told VegNews: “I tried to experiment with his vegetarian diet and see how I felt. My body just took off: like somebody lifted off a twenty-pound weighted vest.

“My sleep patterns got better, I felt more energy, better recovery after workouts. I was like, “Oh my gosh, I will never go back to eating meat.”

Moreover, in a speech at VegFest, Booker said: “The vegan consciousness is growing in our country.

“All those people, regardless of your diet, are conscious of the environment. [They’re] conscious of justice for animals, against cruelty to animals, conscious of their health.”

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Dylan Wentworth
Dylan Wentworth
1 year ago

Well the thing for readers to remember is that the US is a very corrupt country where corporations dictate what policy will and will not be.

Joe Leonard
Joe Leonard
1 year ago

Only because Americans let them. Everyone is too fat, sick, and tired to demand more from government and businesses. Vote at the polling booth and ALSO WITH YOUR DOLLARS. Stop eating meat and the companies will produce less of it.

Dylan Wentworth
Dylan Wentworth
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe Leonard

Trillions are spent every year to keep people fat, sick and tired. That’s kinda the way it works here.
Half a million people will soon be dead from covid 19 in the US which is approximately how many people die each year from cigarette smoking including second hand smoke (CDC 3/2020) but yet cigarettes are not only legal and readily available, they’re taxed so the government can get in on the action. Same with alcohol, firearms and gambling. And same with junk food establishments which vastly outnumber healthy eating options. The government only passively regulates things that are deadly, leaving most of it up to corporations and their victim addicts to modify their behavior.

By the way, I haven’t eaten meat in over 5 years. The food companies seem to have noticed as more and more of them are branching out into plant based.

Bruce M.
Bruce M.
1 year ago

there will always be temptations and people who seek to profit of the darker aspects of human nature. the big corporations became big because people chose to buy their products…nobody ever put a gun to anyone’s head to force them to eat Twinkies or drink Budweiser, those were just millions of people choosing on their own. can you really blame someone for selling these things to willing buyers?

what if the government acted towards the Twinkie epidemic (and there surely is one with 40% of Americans in the “obese” category now) the same way as the covid epidemic?

Dylan Wentworth
Dylan Wentworth
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruce M.

can you really blame someone for selling these things to willing buyers?

Yes I do. Because it’s no secret that their products are formulated in a laboratory using a known addictive trio of combined ingredients of salt, sugar and oil. It’s unethical even if it’s legal to knowingly formulate something to be addictive, especially if it’s unhealthy.

As for your question…

what if the government acted towards the Twinkie epidemic (and there surely is one with 40% of Americans in the “obese” category now) the same way as the covid epidemic?

I don’t know what country you’re in but the US did not “act”. The US largely ignored and lied to people about the severity. Much the same way they are dealing with obesity and other chronic health problems.

Bruce M.
Bruce M.
1 year ago

i would certainly call restriction of the most fundamental liberties an “act”…freedom to move, work, assemble, eat at a restaurant, go to the goshdarn beach even…all curtailed in many places, even in some places by cops with guns..surfers in California have been fined for going to surfing. and forcing me to wear a mask anytime i leave my house? screw that. these governments actions have caused incredible harm, and they are saying kids (and adults) are suffering mental illness in some cases from being locked-down and unable to play with their friends, go to school, play Litte League, go to see Gramma on Thanksgiving even… I have no idea what universe you live in, but lucky you Dylan, because government acts have made life unbearable for hundreds of millions of people arond the world.

salt, sugar, and oil….well i admit i love donuts!!! and i would rather have that choice to eat them or not.

i believe in freedom.

Dylan Wentworth
Dylan Wentworth
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruce M.

I have no idea what universe you live in, but lucky you Dylan,

I live on planet Earth and right now we’re battling a deadly pandemic. People have to give up some liberties temporarily to end the pandemic. The sooner the entitled crybabies get with the program, the sooner this will be over and they can get back to playing with their friends and going surfing without a mask. For full disclosure I don’t live in california but I live in the polar opposite situation where many people do not wear a mask despite local orders that go unenforced by the unmasked police or social distance like after a year they have no idea about the coronavirus and it’s a real mess.

salt, sugar, and oil….well i admit i love donuts!!! and i would rather have that choice to eat them or not.

You’re completely missing the point so I’ll give you another example. It’s like legalizing methamphetamine and crack and fentenyl and letting people buy all that stuff plus opioids without a prescription conveniently from walmart or their local grocery store, no ID required. You can say you’d rather have the liberty to make up your own mind not to fall victim to legalized narcotics, but at the end of the day there will be a much larger health problem and crime problem too resulting from that.

Granted, being addicted to salty and sugary fried dead bird sandwiches may not health consequences that are as far reaching, they are still very real.

Bruce M.
Bruce M.
1 year ago

Look at Portugal for a case study in what happens (or doesn’t happen) when all drugs are essentially legalized If you are too lazy, I will tell you: nothing happened, really. No massive increase in drug addiction, no increase in crime (actually a decrease), and (since the drugs are of higher quality) way less ODs now too. A lot of other places are soon to follow. Drugs were completely legal in the US til about 100 years ago or so too.

Entitled crybabies? You sound jealous you can’t do a bit of surfing in the beautiful Pacific Ocean under the gorgeous sky of California..and you should be I guess. But the idea of wearing a mask at the beach or particularly in the actual ocean is ludicrous from any standpoint. Now, sure, an elevator or plane might make sense…

Dylan Wentworth
Dylan Wentworth
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruce M.

I grew up surfing in Florida.
Portugal has a healthcare system that covers everyone, the US does not. If you want to convince me that narcotics should be legalized, I’ll consider it only after we have a real healthcare system to cover all the health problems and there will be problems.
Things were different 100 years ago by the way. In case you haven’t noticed. You didn’t have to worry about school shootings and entire towns being hooked on opioids.

Bruce M.
Bruce M.
1 year ago

the towns getting hooked on opioids got them from pharmaceutical companies through shady doctors, though…those drugs are legal, you know, like booze, cigarettes, Xanax, Valium, and so many others that cause great health and social problems.

rodentx2
rodentx2
1 year ago

Wildlife is “managed” a/k/a “culled” in the interests of farmers and ranchers, regardless of factory-farming systems. Big Ag buys lobbyists, politicians, and the media, to get their “eat meat” message out every minute of the day. Moral corruption rules the day–even among the meat-eating public.

Joe Leonard
Joe Leonard
1 year ago

I had the same response when I switched to a healthy vegan diet. Lost 50 pounds, got stronger, sleep amazingly well, with cool dreams and everything. Plant based eating has a major positive effect on reducing global warming too.

John DeBevoise
John DeBevoise
1 year ago

That’s awesome! A National dietary plan! Why, because politicians know what’s better for us, after all, “The people don’t under…”-Dr. Fauchi

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