By Joshua Wolfson
The debate over easing restrictions on home-produced foods in Wyoming will resume next week when lawmakers meet in Buffalo.
The Wyoming Legislature’s Agricultural Committee is set to discuss a handful of proposed bills that could make it easier for residents to purchase things like raw milk and meat directly from farmers and ranchers.
Proponents of the Wyoming Food Freedom movement say informed consumers should be able to purchase whatever foods they wish, without government interference. Regulators counter that loosening the state’s food safety laws will increase the likelihood of food-borne illnesses.
We detailed the debate back in May and you can read about it here.
According to Sue Wallis, a Republican representative from Recluse who’s been advocating for easing the restrictions, the agricultural committee will actually be looking at two different bills. One would “deal with the issue of preventing food inspector interference in local gatherings” like potlucks and school fundraisers. The second goes farther and would “prevent interference in any transaction between a producer and an informed end consumer.”
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