Laurie Woodward Garcia: PLANT Act a ‘game-changer’

Published: 08-17-2023 5:54 PM

The PLANT Act proposed by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern could be a game-changer for the United States, both economically and environmentally. A recent article highlights the potential of this bill to address the global environmental crisis caused by factory farming and the need for sustainable food sources [“Bill aims to boost plant-based production,” Gazette, Aug. 9].

Additionally, the Peas, Legumes, and Nuts Today Act can also help improve the production, taste, nutrition, and affordability of plant-based foods. If passed, this bill could not only boost the nation’s economic future but also open the door to a future of conscious consumption. Plant-based foods offer an ever-growing selection of delicious, healthier, and much more sustainable alternatives to animal-based diets, reducing the impact of industrial production of animal food, a major contributor of greenhouse gases.

Government incentives such as loans and grants can also help alleviate the financial burden of farmers and modernize the food system. Passing the PLANT Act now can guarantee a better environmental future for America and one where we compete globally.

Laurie Woodward Garcia

Westborough

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