“The greatest threat to any free society is the concentration of power and wealth into the hands of a few. Americans are being crushed under the unprecedented power of big business and super wealthy individuals. Concentration of wealth and power has never been greater. In today’s lawless economy the biggest cheater with the most power wins. Everything from politics to food and farming to healthcare and banking is controlled by a few. Following the Civil War President Lincoln warned that corporations had been enthroned as a result of the war. He said he feared corporate power and the resulting concentration of power and wealth more than the war itself. Forty years later trust-buster President Theodore Roosevelt led the breakup of the “robber barons” Lincoln had so feared. Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate who fully understands the threat of concentrated power, and the only candidate with the policies and courage to address this destructive force. I stand in support of Bernie Sanders for president.”
Rancher, owner Ranch Foods Direct
Colorado Springs, CO
Bernie Sanders believes in healthy food access for all Americans, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, age, gender identity or any other excluding factor. Sanders states that “one of the basic priorities [in the United States] is that we make sure that no one goes hungry…”
In 2012 when that year’s Farm Bill was put forward (and ultimately postponed until 2014 because of massive opposition), Sanders fought relentlessly against the proposed $4 billion cuts in SNAP funding. The cuts were estimated to push over 5 million people off of receiving benefits from Food Stamps, which Sanders believed would “have a horrendous impact.”
45% of people who receive SNAP benefits in the United States are children, and 9% are elderly. Meanwhile, the poverty rate among the elderly is rising. Sanders believes that Republican proposals to cut funding for SNAP programs will jeopardize the well-being of millions of Americans who depend on SNAP in their day-to-day lives. Sanders has consistently demonstrated belief that all Americans should have access to healthy food.
In 2012, Sanders proposed an amendment to the Farm Bill (amendment #2310) that would grant states the right (not mandate) to label food that contained genetically modified organisms (GMO). Sanders believes that “the American people should have the right to know what is in the food that they and their children are eating, and if that food contains genetically engineered products,” and that we should follow in the lead of countries such as England, Germany and France that label food products containing GMOs.