Food Policy

Food Freedom Win in Wyoming

New law takes local foods "off the black market," says sponsor

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Today Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed into law the "Wyoming Food Freedom Act," a measure designed to "stop overregulation of locally produced foods," as its sponsor, state Rep. Tyler Lindholm (R-District 1), put it. Under the new law, direct-to-consumer food sales by farmers and other food producers cannot be subjected to any "licensure, permitting, certification, inspection, packaging, or labeling" requirements by state agencies. 

"The purpose of the Wyoming Food Freedom Act is to allow for the sale and consumption of homemade foods, and to encourage the expansion of agricultural sales by farmers markets, ranches, farms and home based producers," the legislation states. It applies to food sales that take place directly between produer and consumer, where products are bought for home consumption, and does not apply to meat except for poulty. 

The new law takes "local foods off the black market," said Lindholm. "It will no longer be illegal to buy a lemon meringue pie from your neighbor or a jar of milk from your local farm." 

The Wyoming Food Freedom Act is one of three similar measures I noted in January. Since then, Virginia's version has been tabled. Connecticut's cottage food legislation received a public hearing February 17, and another food freedom-related bill, this one to remove restrictions on home-based bakeries, was up for public comment there today. 

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  1. First case of E. coli and the progtard reaction will be…?

    1. Most proggies are still trying to figure out exactly what a “Wyoming” is. They will never hear of this.

      1. Touche’.

      2. It is a square state. Of course there are no hipsters there.

        1. Colorado would like to beg to differ…

      3. Ahem – “Wyoming” is a county in Pennsylvania.

  2. This is one of the areas that libertarians and the GOP could use to make inroads into normally leftist voting blocks. Many leftists are foodies, and “food freedom” should appeal to them. It also would serve to put the whole “more regulation is better” mindset into question.

    1. One would think so, but never underestimate the power of doublethink. They can turn on a dime between “We have a right to local food/yoga pants/some other narrowly defined thing that we like” and “If there’s ever any less government than there is now, we’ll all eat or drink something tainted and die.”

      1. Don’t forget the GMOs.

    2. Doubt it will work. They don’t really want food freedom. They want to alter the mandates.

    3. Leftist foodies will never be our allies – their idea is that government should inspect and regulate *more* food and we just need to give them more money and personnel so they can do the job faster.

      1. their idea is that government should inspect and regulate *more* the wrong kinds of food

        FTFY

  3. And if anyone makes a suspiciously large amount of money selling homemade food, why, the police can swoop in and take it because it must be drugs!

    1. Grow lights? Leafy plants? White powder?

      Definitely a drug house!

    2. It does seem the law allows for the direct sale of hash cookies.

  4. I’m betting some federal swat teams will show up to ‘protect’ public health.

  5. I guess Matt Mead isn’t a total POS.

    Of course, everybody in Wyoming is going to drop dead from E. Coli now, because everybody knows that food regulations are the only thing preventing people from poisoning their customers. IT’LL BE A MICROBE SOMALIA!

  6. Wyoming is a place where freedom is the only practicable action, go there and you will see what I mean: anywhere you go, you’re out in the middle of nowhere, and there’s no one but you, and it’s awesome. There is no escape, there is no pretense, there is no herd to hide from reality within–and no shepherds to buffalo them with altruism and collectivism.

    I could easily get hired on the railroad out there, it’s something I think about often.

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