TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal which would require the Division of Travel and Tourism to publish and update farm-to-table restaurant information on its website was approved by the full Senate today.
The website would educate the public about the importance of eating local foods and where to find these eateries in each of New Jersey’s regions.
“A farm-to-table restaurant website would have so many advantages on so many levels here in the Garden State,” said Senator Gopal (D-Monmouth). “By promoting these restaurants with their fresh, nutrient-rich and locally-sourced menus, we not only encourage good eating habits and healthy lifestyles among our residents, but also benefit the restaurants, travel and tourism, and farming industries throughout the state.”
The bill, S-2499, would also charge the division with establishing a process by which farm-to-table restaurants may register for posting on the website, and promoting the program throughout the state to ensure as much participation as possible.
The bill was released from the full Senate by a vote of 40-0.