Daily News Archive
March 17, 2006
First to Mandate Purchase of Locally Grown Organic Foods
(Beyond Pesticides, March 17, 2006) Organic food producers
in the Midwest just got a big boost. The Woodbury County, Iowa, Board
of Supervisors announced that Woodbury will be the first county in the
United States to mandate the purchase of locally grown organic foods.
The law requires that food service contractors for the county purchase
locally-grown organic foods as long as they are competitively priced
and of good quality. The Woodbury
County Local Food Policy is intended to increase per
capita income, provide incentives for job creation, attract economic
investment, and promote the health and safety of its citizens and communities.
If enough organic foods aren’t available for purchase, local non-organic
foods will be given preference to meet the demand. “Local”
is defined as within a 100-mile radius of Sioux City, Iowa.
New food service contracts need to be in place by June 1, 2006 and there
will be a single point of contact in the County to interact with food
service contractors on the price, quality, availability and delivery
on all locally produced organic food.
According to the National Gardening Association, the policy will potentially
shift almost $300,000 a year in food purchases to local farmers. This
law not only boosts the local farm economy, it provides fresh, healthy
food products to recipients of county food services, such as residents
of the juvenile detention center and jail.
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Shows Organic Farms Produce the Same Yields as Conventional,
Prefer Local and Pesticide, Antibiotic and Hormone Free Foods
ACTION: Talk to your county, city or town officials
about passing a similiar resolution to support local organic farming
in your community.