Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space allowing counties to create their own label for food grown or processed in that county was advanced today by the General Assembly.

“Many people today are health conscious, especially about the foods they eat. They want to know that their food is locally grown and is high in nutrients,” said Space. “A local county label incurs no additional cost to consumers, and is of great benefit to the state’s farming community. It lets people know that products are Jersey Fresh and grown at the farm down the road.”

Monmouth County has received an $80,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop such a label.