U.S. Senator Cory Booker will headline a talk on efforts to reform America’s food system in the second event from Palo Alto Humane Society and Sweet Farm’s thought-provoking speaker series, “Humane Planet: Thought Leaders for a Sustainable World.”
Booker (D-N.J.) is one of Congress’ most outspoken advocates for animal welfare and is working for the transformation of monopolistic farming practices and a more resilient food system through his proposed Farm System Reform Act. He and Sweet Farm co-founder and climate tech advisor Nate Salpeter will lead “Innovating our food system: Why it’s urgent now for climate, health and justice.”
The hour-long virtual event will take place Wednesday, July 13, at 4:30 p.m. Salpeter will kick off the talk with a virtual tour of Sweet Farm’s new climate sanctuary and regenerative farm in Upstate New York. Booker will follow with a 30-minute presentation on his groundbreaking legislative proposals. Attendance is free, with advance online registration required at www.humaneplanetspeakerseries.org.
“We must immediately begin to transition to a more sustainable and humane system,” Booker said upon reintroducing his Farm System Reform Act bill last year. “An important first step is ending our reliance on huge factory farms and investing in a system that focuses on resilient and regenerative production.”
He also just last month, along with Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), introduced the Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2022, which would place an immediate moratorium on large agribusiness mergers.
“We hope you won’t miss Senator Cory Booker, one of our nation’s most eloquent speakers and a leader who gives voice to the voiceless,” said Ellie Victor, CEO of ZOOM Marketing, which is sponsoring the “Humane Planet” speaker series.
“Booker is a clear advocate for issues that are central to the Humane Society’s mission, and he is a singular problem-solver,” added Carole Hyde, director of programs for the Palo Alto Humane Society.
Sweet Farm, one of the “Humane Planet” sponsors, was founded as a place of education, inspiration and innovation. By linking farm-animal rescue, climate education, regenerative agriculture, and the technology that is sustainably disrupting food and agriculture production, the nonprofit aims to create a more compassionate and sustainable world.
The “Humane Planet” series spotlights inspirational entrepreneurs, scientists and thought leaders. Their inaugural event featured a conversation between Salpeter and Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown. Upcoming events will spotlight Daina Bray, senior litigation fellow at the Law, Ethics and Animals Program at the Yale Law School, and Steven Wise, director of the Nonhuman Rights Project.
For more information or to register online to attend the talk, go to www.humaneplanetspeakerseries.org.
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