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A Plan to "Freshen Up" Ohio's Menu - and Help Family Farmers

June 18, 2007

Washington, D.C. - From apples to zucchinis, a bill before Congress aims to get fresh Ohio foods to the people who need them most. The "Food for a Healthy America Act" was co-authored by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. Carol Goland with the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association says it's a "win-win" for urban and rural Ohio.

“It would help families, especially lower-income families, gain greater access to healthy, locally grown foods, and assist family farmers who need access to a greater variety of markets.”

Goland adds that the bill would be an economic shot in the arm for Ohio's small and middle-sized farms and could help turn around the state's rapid loss of farmland.

She says the bill would also provides some financial help for low-income seniors to buy fresh produce at farmers' markets. It would also help kids develop healthier eating habits.

“There are provisions to get free fresh produce into schools to encourage children to start snacking on fruits and vegetables.”

The "Food for a Healthy America Act" is S.1432.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH