Illinois Farmer's Markets Could See Stiff Regulations

By Phillip Reed |

Published 05/30 2014 07:23PM

Updated 05/30 2014 07:57PM

Springfield-A new Illinois legislation would get all counties on the same page when it comes to selling produce at markets. They hope it will take any worry away about buying fresh food.

The new regulations would standardize rules across all county health departments, create statewide standards for food sampling, and it would cap any fee that could be charged to vendors. The bill’s sponsor Representative Mike Tryon says fresh food is healthier food, and his bill would help resident across the Land of Lincoln get in better shape.

Representative Mike Tryon says (buyers need to know) “is it locally grown, I mean people who come to a farmer’s market need to know where the food is grown.”

Tryon also thinks the bill could lower diabetes and obesity in Illinois, which he says is a huge concern. The bill has passed through the house and senate, and the governor is expected to sign it into law.

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