The NC Food Policy Bill was passed in the senate recently. It will go into effect July 2009! It's goal is to have 10% of the food economy in NC be based on local food by 2020. Also, it will fund a council of 20 members (NC Sustainable Local Food Policy Council) in order to figure out how else our state is going to work to improve the local food economy.
The benefits of this bill are many, including: creation of jobs, it will stimulate statewide economic development, circulate money from local food sales into the local communities, preserves open space, reducing the use of fossil fuels and thus reducing emissions, increasing consumer access to fresh nutritious food, and it will provide greater food security for all North Carolinians.
Here is the link to the bill: http://www.indyweek.com/pdf/040109/SB1067.pdf