Reach out to your legislators and let them know that you support In-Home Processing legislation in Mississippi!
In-home processing has been a top priority of the MFPC for the past two years. In 2011, MFPC members worked to get MDAC and MSDH to agree to a pilot program that provides training and authorization for in-home production of certain food items. MFPC supports these bills because they would allow in-home processing to be a permanent part of the economy in Mississippi.
Legislation that exempts small cottage food operations from burdensome state regulations would enable many home producers to increase their revenue and sell products at local markets, which would thus help strengthen local economies and encourage the growth of local entrepreneurial businesses.
Please support Cottage Food Producers in Mississippi by following these simple steps!
1. Find your legislators’ contact information by entering your zip code at Vote Smart.
2. E-mail or call your legislators and tell them that you support Cottage Food Producers legislation.
Some suggested talking points:
- Mississippi should follow the 30 or more states that currently allow the sale of certain low-risk, non-potentially hazardous foods like baked goods, jams, jellies, and dried herbs that are produced in a home kitchen.
- By spending this money locally, farmers and vendors in turn support local businesses and keep money in the local economy.
- In rural areas of Mississippi where there are limited opportunities for economic development, enabling individuals to start businesses from their homes with relatively low start-up costs could have a huge economic impact.
- Home food production serves as a business incubator, reducing some of the start-up barriers for fledgling entrepreneurs.
- Cottage food production provides residents greater access to fresh, locally-produced foods, since it encourages producers to grow more fruits and vegetables, knowing they can turn some of them into value-added products. The produce sold at farmers markets typically travels less than 60 miles, compared to the 1,500 miles traveled by most fruits and vegetables sold at grocery stores.
3. Spread the word about helping Cottage Food Producers in your community!
- Encourage other community members to contact their legislators.
- Buy food from small-scale home producers! Many of them sell at farmers markets, which you can find a list of here.
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