From Free Jam: It’s Time to End California’s Law Against Selling Homemade Food
by Emily Voigtlander
Dafna Kory first sold her homemade jalapeño jam at a clandestine farmers market in San Francisco. The jam was a hit and so was the Underground Farmers Market that brought it to consumers. But the market was shut down by the Department of Public Health because the sellers did not comply with city and state regulations.
Their crime? Most of the vendors produced their products in home kitchens.
Although California is considered the birthplace of the local food movement in the United States and despite the tremendous enthusiasm for handmade, small-batch products nationwide, laws regulating food production are quite strict. Home-based food operations, from bread-baking to fruit-drying, are expressly prohibited. (…).
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Read the questions below, think about them all and then choose ONE of them and write your answer (5-10 sentences).
1. What do you think about prohibition of selling homemade food?
2. Do you sometimes buy homemade food? On what occasions?
3. If you can earn money only by selling food prepared by you, what would you sell? Do you think that you would have a chance to become rich?