Greater Denver Urban Homesteading Group Message Board › Greater Denver Urban Homesteaders General Discussions › From State Senator Gail Schwartz - Local Foods to Local Markets Bill
From: Gail Schwartz [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 6:22 PM
Subject: Call to Action - Help Pass “Local Foods to Local Markets” Bill!
'Local foods, local markets' supporters -
You can find the final version of the “Local Foods to Local Markets” bill (SB11 - 258) here: http://statebillinfo.com/bills/bills/11/258_01.pdf. The bill was introduced tolast week. Below is a description of the bill and what you can to help pass this bill into law, following the lead of 20 other states in doing so.
This bill will increase consumer access to local, value-added goods, boost local economies, increase the physical health of the people of Colorado while bringing communities together. The bill achieves these goals by directing local boards of health to register growers preparing value-added goods in home kitchens. This is limited to specific, low-risk foods they may sell at farmers' markets.
This bill also encourages the study of the benefits of local fresh foods to the state through the Colorado Proud label promoting “fresh and local” products. The bill further promotes agritourism with policies for improved signage for fresh and local foods. It also allows certain egg producers (those who produce less than two hundred fifty dozen eggs per month) to sell their eggs at the farmers' market following food safety guidelines in statue.
I have no doubts of the benefits of this bill - but the bill’s success depends on your support!
To help pass this bill, please:
- Send in your endorsements for the bill right away to all legislators!
- If you are willing to testify on behalf of the bill, let us know. (Bill will be heard in Senate Ag. Committee next Thursday, April 28th at 1:30pm)
- If you cannot make it in person to testify, please send us a position statement.
- If nothing else, please forward the bill and this message along to other potential supporters!
Thank you, and I look forward to a Colorado full of fresh, local foods.
From the office of:
Gail Schwartz, Colorado State Senator
Senate District 5
State Capitol Building, Room 339
Denver, CO 80203