Agriculture, including factory farms, is a large source of pollution to our waterways, and yet meat and poultry companies are not held legally responsible for the waste that their animals create. The companies — often huge, multinational corporations — own the animals while the contract growers are entirely responsible for the waste. This system is unfair, and it contributes to significant water pollution issues near factory farms.
Corporate bullies and their allies in Congress have consolidated our food system over the last few decades. As farmers have been forced to "get big or get out," the ones who stay are often at the mercy of unfair contracts. The companies they've signed these contracts with shift all of the burden onto the farmers while they sit back and rake in the profits.
Representatives Ro Khanna and Mark Pocan introduced a bill in the House of Representatives called the Farmer Fairness Act that would require big meat and poultry companies to be co-permitted with contract growers, essentially making them liable for the waste their animals create.
Let's pass the Farmer Fairness Act. Send a message to your U.S. Representative calling on them to cosponsor this critical bill!
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