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Senator Bill Cassidy
5555 Hilton Avenue, Ste. 100
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Dear Senator Cassidy:

On behalf of the undersigned, we write to both express our support for the passage of the Urban Agriculture Act and urge you to co-sponsor this bill. Urban farmers provide communities with easier access to healthy, fresh food and stimulate growth in local economies. However, urban farmers often have difficulty starting and maintaining farms and gardens. Too many farmers have insufficient resources to begin their own farm or lose their site after spending years improving and cultivating their land for growth. It is time to support these farmers.

Sadly, Louisiana is 50th in state-by-state ranking of overall health and 49th in overall child wellbeing. Much of this poor health is attributed to diet related illnesses. While eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers, only 8.3 percent of adults in Louisiana met the intake recommendations for vegetables and 11.2 percent of adults in Louisiana met the recommendations for fruit in 2015. Urban gardens notably offer healthy, accessible food. Studies in Louisiana and Mississippi showed that residents with greater access to fresh produce eat more of it.

We know as a medical doctor, that you care deeply about the health of your constituents. The Urban Agriculture Act can greatly improve the health of Louisiana residents.

We the undersigned organizations, businesses, and individuals ask you to please co-sponsor the Urban Agriculture Act. In so doing, you will highlight Louisiana’s farming heritage and elevate us as an important leader in calling for the U.S. to expressly support productive urban farmers by including them in the long-term vision for agriculture in our country.


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