A former 2020 presidential candidate says the nation’s food system is “fundamentally broken.”

Addressing the National Food Policy Conference last week, Senator Cory Booker, said, “After this crisis, we simply cannot go back to business as usual.” The New Jersey Democrat claims the food system is broken for supply chain workers, farmers, rural communities and from a public health perspective. Booker places blame on multinational corporations and industry consolidation.

The lawmaker cited numerous bills he supports to reform the beef supply chain, including the Farm System Reform Act that would allow more bargaining power for ranchers. Booker also cited the Agribusiness Merger Moratorium act that would halt consolidation within the food system, along with the Climate Stewardship Act and the Local FARM Act.

Booker, a self-described vegan, says, "We must create a better future where we phase out big factory farms and instead put our faith and support behind independent family farmers and robust local food systems.”

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