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Agriculture:
Locally Grown, Healthy Foods in Schools

Our Position: support
Bill Number: S.191
Sponsor: Sen. Verdin
Legislative Session: 2013

This bill requires the SC Department of Agriculture to establish a program to require locally grown, minimally processed farm foods in public schools.

Status

6/07/13 Passed out the House and the Senate and signed into law by the Governor!

Action Needed

None.

More information

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/billsearch.php?billnumbers=191&session=120&summary=B

Background

This bill requires the SC Department of Agriculture to establish a program to require locally grown, minimally processed farm foods in public schools.

The local food movement is big! Consumers are driving the local food movement in the marketplace, but many of South Carolina’s public agencies have not yet taken the plunge. Investment on all levels, private and public, in local agriculture has the potential to revitalize SC’s rural economy. We have a tremendous opportunity that needs to be seized — to ask state agencies and state owned facilities to localize their food purchases. Now is our chance to make that expenditure one that benefits our state’s farmers and farmland – and nowhere could it be more imperative than in our schools, where we can benefit our children.

Currently, one-third of kids in the U.S. are obese or overweight. Billions of healthcare dollars are spent treating diet-related diseases every year. Obesity and malnutrition are affecting the entire country. Not only does this impact South Carolinians’ lives, it cripples our healthcare and taxpayer costs.

Funding healthy, local food programs for our schools will keep money in our local economies, improve our state’s agricultural infrastructure and incentivize local, sustainable food production – it’s a win-win for our farmers and our children.

 

     
     

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