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Senate Passes Buy From The Backyard Act

A new bill passed in the Senate on Wednesday aims to support locally-grown food and boost the local economy.
 
The "Buy From The Backyard Act" requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources. Senator Libous sponsored the bill, and he says the state should take advantage of our high-quality agriculture.

"If every household in New York spent just $15 per week on local food, we could pump billions of dollars into the state's economy," said Senator Libous.

The bill now goes to the Assembly, where it has failed to pass the last couple of years.

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