American presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says that factory farms are a threat to the water we drink and the air we breathe.
Sanders took to Twitter to call out factory farms for their devastating environmental impact and the government’s lack of action, saying: “Factory farms are responsible for 1.4 trillion pounds of animal waste in America.”
“They are a threat to the water we drink and the air we breathe, and it is unbelievable to me that Republicans in Congress have been working overtime to exempt factory farms from environmental laws.”
Sanders received support from vegans and environmentalists, with others pointing out that factory farms are not only environmentally destructive but also unnecessarily cruel to animals.
“We need to keep hearing this from the mouths and accounts of those with the most influence,” animal rights activist and YouTuber Blue Ollis commented.
A vegan said: “The horrors that happen in #factoryfarms are unacceptable as well.”
“Farming other sentient beings is the most horrific thing a country can do. While their waste is most definitely destroying the environment, more importantly it’s creating endless suffering for the most vulnerable sentient beings in a human dominated society. They aren’t objects,” said another.
An environmentalist added: “I [used] to eat meat all the time and then I changed due to the ‘environment’ and then greater awareness/perception about myself with Earth and the Universe. I was in VT – by myself on 10 acres surrounded by nature – when I made the conscious effort to ‘go vegan’.”
“Their antibiotic use is also a threat to humanity. Bacteria are getting more resistant every day thanks to abx in food & water. If y’all are worried about the resurgence of measles, just wait til tuberculosis makes a comeback,” another supporter added.
Sanders also commended farms that use renewable energy but emphasizes that we must do better for the future of the planet.
“The number of farms taking advantage of renewable energy has more than doubled since 2007. That is good, but for the future of the planet we must do better. We can create millions of jobs by moving to 100% sustainable energy,” he wrote on Twitter.
Aside from Sanders, other politicians are also in favor of a reduction in meat due to animal rights and environmental concerns.
Vegan senator Cory Booker, who is running for president in the 2020 elections, says that the planet cannot sustain people eating meat “the same way America does” anymore due to depleting resources.
Filipino vegan senatorial candidate Elmer Francisco also said in a senatorial debate that a plant-based diet should be promoted in the Philippines as it is cheap and healthy.
Democratic Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a vegan, also debunked the meat industry’s suggestion that meat is necessary for good health and does not harm the environment.