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Labeling Connecticut Produce Too Pricey?

Capitol Dispatch: While some think it will help promote CT-grown produce, others think it can be too pricey.

Labeling, promoting and selling Connecticut-grown produce is a peachy idea, but some said it’s too pricey.

Henry N. Talmage, Executive Director, Connecticut Farm Bureau Association said there is a significant interest in local foods and farm products.

However, passage of the bill to label products and promote home grown products would place an “unreasonable burden on to comply,” Talmage told the General Law Committee. 

According to a 2010 University of Connecticut study, agriculture is a $3.5 billion industry comprising over 20,000 jobs in the state.

State Rep. Craig Miner, a Republican representing towns in the 66th House District including Litchfield said the bill supports current public policy to try and keep business in state.

“I think what it does is it helps the consumer connect that last dot, which creates a stronger market for locally grown, and I don't think has a negative impact in terms of any other business that might go on in the state of Connecticut,” Miner said.

Voice April 04, 2012 at 03:20 PM
It's a great idea, and it needs to be done.
Jenn McCulloch April 04, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Here's a comment from Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NorthBranfordPatch) by Marc Guertin: "I don't really like the idea of more laws, however, I would gladly buy CT Grown Labled food over something that was not grown in CT."
Abbie Walston April 05, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I don't know why this has to be mandated, I see most stores promoting CT Grown and jumping on the Buy Local bandwagon, especially Big Y. I'm a huge supporter of CT farms and try to shop from them directly but I also see value in bigger stores labeling local food. Why don't they talk about labeling GMOs? There's a mandate I'd fully support!

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