Important Press Release! Release date: 1/6/19
From: Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association
Contact: Anne Buteau 434 260 4701
Go here for a better description of the bill and our press release with comments from Joel Salatin! http://vicfa.org/legislative/current-issues/
Richmond—A bill to extend additional entrepreneurial food craft opportunities to both consumers and farmers has been introduced in the
General Assembly by Delegate Matt Fariss. HB 1785 is dubbed “Campaign for Real Food” and would allow more foods generated in home kitchens
to be legally sold to neighbors.
Many local food artisans run amok of government food regulations, denying innovation in the marketplace and choice to consumers. Fariss
believes local food opportunities and economies should increase rather than being held back by regulations designed for opaque, large-scale
industrial food producers and processors.
Following cottage food laws and food sovereignty laws proliferating around the U.S., this bill extends liberties secured in 2008 and 2013 by
the Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (VICFA) and other freedom-oriented interests, to push back against unnecessary and inappropriate regulatory licenses that restrict local food options.
“Refusing to appreciate the difference between a 500-employees 24/7/365 export-oriented processing facility and a neighbor’s homemade
food craft is unnecessarily prohibitive to choice, innovation, and opportunity. Farmers and food shoppers need relief from these onerous and limiting
regulations,” said Joel Salatin, Virginia farmer and long-time member of VICFA.
HB 1785 specifically addresses relief for Virginians wishing to make and sell homemade yogurt, plus family favorites such as macaroni cheese pie, chicken pot pie, meatloaf, quiches and other baked goods containing cheese or meat, as well as pumpkin pies, baked cheesecakes, and other baked desserts. These nutrient dense types of foods are currently not allowed under current regulations, but are regularly shared at community pot luck suppers, yet you cannot give them to your neighbor and accept money in exchange.
For more information, contact VICFA at 434 260 4701