I am a local food lover. In LA, food raids of community supporters of the locavore movement have made waves. A bill recently came before the powers that be in Sacramento. AB 1616 would change the California Health and Safety code to give small-scale producers a way to break in to the business. Like most cottage laws, AB 1616 wouldn’t cover foods like jerky, hot cooked dishes, cheeses, or custards. But jams, pickles, breads, fruit pies, spice blends, and herb teas — basically, low-risk foods not covered by other federal regulations — would be exempted. The health department won’t inspect the business or get involved with the producer unless a complaint is lodged.
One of my very best friends is a Pearl. She is in a league of her own as far as cooking and being a genuine non-judgemental lover of people and the planet. Her and her family’s sustainable urban farm is open for tours and workshops. Check out their website THE GROWING HOME
If you want to know more about better living through local eating, please listen to this AMAZING PODCAST. Focus on Food” the newest show on KPFK with Carter Bo Wallace. This episode features political, artisan food and The Growing Home, all experts in the local food movement.