You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Local Food Support the California Cottage Food Law Support the California Cottage Food Law by Jennifer Kaplan March 23, 2012, 8:00 am Next week, the California state legislature will vote on the California Homemade Food Act, AB 1616 (also known as the Cottage Food Bill), introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto. This bill allows for homemade production and sale of “non-hazardous foods” such as breads, granolas, and other foods that don’t easily spoil. These foods would be labeled as homemade, and would be produced and sold on a neighborhood or community-based scale. According to Rabins, there are similar laws in 31 states around the country that “allow food entrepreneurs a chance to grow.” As Iso Rabins, the founder of forageSF and whose Underground Market was shut down by the health department, a San Francisco business that supports the local food economy through a business incubator marketplace, stated in an email yesterday, the deck is stacked against food entrepreneurs in this country and the barriers to entry are high: The permits, fees, kitchen rent, insurance and other high costs that greets a beginning producer discourages many potential business owners, and in doing so, cripples a local food and job economy that is more important now than ever. Rabins wrote a great open-letter to his state legislator and you can too. Contact your state senator and your assembly person to let them know you support this bill. The Sustainable Economies Law Center has an easy to copy sample letter. The bill is being voted on next week, so please call or write today. Photo: BeverlyLR See more Previous article Reminder: A Few Days Left to Win a Copy of The New Green Smoothie Diet Next article Growing Civic Fruit: Teaser and Documentary Screening Written by Jennifer Kaplan Jennifer Kaplan is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for Insteading (and EatDrinkBetter.com before the two sites merged) and is the author of Greening Your Small Business. She was also named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster, and an MBA – follow her on Twitter. instagram linkedin twitter One Comment Leave a Reply This is really needed to help people earn a living. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.