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A ‘Real Food Campaign’ for Virginia

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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

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm. Co founder of VICFA

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Virginia Raw Milk and Farming Freedoms Prevail! Virginia is for Food Freedom Lovers.

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Persistence Pays Plenty! Virginia is for ‘Food Freedom Lovers’.

Through grass roots efforts, the voices of the multitudes of farm and food freedom lovers has been heard. On Thursday, February 1, 2018, at least 100 Virginians showed up in force at the Richmond, Virginia General Assembly hearing to oppose SB962 Bill. A Bill sponsored by Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26). Many that were not able to attend the hearing spoke up through phone, calls, emails, social media, and by word of mouth to spread through communities. The Farm and Food freedom advocacy group in Virginia VICFA ( Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association), has been working feverishly and diligently since 2001.

VICFA was started by a handful of individuals in central Virginia who were concerned about the over-regulation of small family farm sales direct to consumers. Consumers, (potential customers), were being denied their right to have fresh and wholesome foods from the farmers with whom they knew and had trusted. So VICFA was formed as a non profit corporation with the mission statement “To promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer to consumer trade that fosters availability of locally grown or home produced food products”. 

http://vicfa.org/about.html

The bill, SB962 and what would have been on the docket for next week HB825, is an invasion of private property rights. The herd share agreement is a private contract between the farmer and the consumer giving the consumer an ownership interest in a dairy animal. Distribution of milk through a herd share contract is a private transaction which should not be subject to government regulation.

VICFA

Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association

Here is the update from VICFA

VICTORY!!!

SB 962- killed by 8/7 vote

HB 825 will be struck

Delegate Barry Knight will be striking HB 825 in the upcoming House Agricultural Subcommitte meeting scheduled for this coming Monday February 5, 2018.

This is posted on the agenda-
“PLEASE NOTE-At the request of the patron (Knight) HB 825 will be struck at this meeting. Any citizens interested in HB 825 (Herd Shares) need not attend the meeting.”
Yesterday Senate Bill 962, was heard by a packed house of 100+ citizens who filled the room beyond standing, spilling into the adjacent hall and beyond. In a joint effort, VICFA members, Weston A. Price members, FTCLDF members, herd share farmers, herd share holders, their families, and many others were there to speak against the bill.

Many had visited the General Assembly throughout the week talking with Senators and Delegates on SB 962 and HB 825. The phone lines were flooded and email inboxes were filled Virginians opposing the bill.
Because of the massive public outcry, SB 962 failed to pass and was killed by a narrow 8 to 7 vote..

NAYS–Ruff, Petersen, Stanley, Black, Chafin, Dance, Suetterlein, McClellan–8.

Voted to kill the bill
YEAS–Stuart, Hanger, Obenshain, Marsden, Ebbin, Lewis, Mason–7.
Voted to pass the bill

To see the recorded session, here is the link http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php…
(Start at the 45 min mark to go straight to SB 962)
Thank you!!
We would like to thank all who called, emailed, shared, and came to the General Assembly to speak about these bills.
Please contact the Senators that voted to kill SB 962 to thank them for their support and please thank Delegate Barry D. Knight for striking HB 825,
for striking the bill…

Senator Phon Email
Richard H. Stuart (804) 698-7528
district28@senate.virginia.gov

Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.
(804) 698-7524
district24@senate.virginia.gov

Mark D. Obenshain
804) 698-7526
district26@senate.virginia.gov

Frank M. Ruff, Jr.
804) 698-7515
district15@senate.virginia.gov

J. Chapman Petersen
(804) 698-7534
district34@senate.virginia.gov

David W. Marsden
(804) 698-7537
district37@senate.virginia.gov

William M. Stanley, Jr.
(804) 698-7520
district20@senate.virginia.gov

Richard H. Black
(804) 698-7513
district13@senate.virginia.gov

Adam P. Ebbin
804) 698-7530
district30@senate.virginia.gov

Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.
(804) 698-7506
district06@senate.virginia.gov

A. Benton “Ben” Chafin
(804) 698-7538
district38@senate.virginia.gov

Rosalyn R. Dance
804) 698-7516
district16@senate.virginia.gov

David R. Suetterlein
(804) 698-7519
district19@senate.virginia.gov

T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason
(804) 698-7501
district01@senate.virginia.gov

Jennifer L. McClellan
(804) 698-7509
district09@senate.virginia.gov

Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources