The Michigan Right to Farm Act (1981) insulates farmers from nuisance lawsuits and generally protects those who grow and sell their own food. In September, House Bill 6458 was introduced to specifically exclude urban farmers from the Right to Farm Act. This would impact communities with more than 900,000 residents such as Detroit, communities full of impoverished and working class people who have every right to grow, barter, and give away their own food.
House Bill 6458 will exacerbate the struggles of urban farmers and community supported agriculture, two things that greatly help the urban poor and working class. At a time when the Detroit unemployment rate is nearly one in four (25.5%), penalizing those who grow their own food is appalling.
Please ask Michigan representatives to vote against HB 6458! Tell MI representatives that urban farming and gardening is not a crime.
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