TRENTON - Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (AJR-114) designating the last full week of July as "Buy Local Week" was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.
"It's great to see New Jersey letting folks know about the importance of buying local produce," said Houghtaling (D-Neptune).
"When we buy from local farms, not only do we get fresher produce and lower our carbon footprint, but we also circulate more money in local economies and build relationships between farmers and their community."
Buying from local farms allows consumers to get products that are fresher and have traveled a much shorter distance before reaching the consumer’s plate; helps promote cleaner air and water, since it takes less energy to transport products over shorter distances, thus reducing the carbon footprint on the planet; keeps money circulating in the local community; and helps link local producers directly with consumers, which fosters local community development and also serves to highlight the health and economic benefits that farms provide.
The bill was passed unanimously by the State Assembly and Senate.