Onions or Corn?
Passing the state budget was a snap. Deciding on the official New York State vegetable? That’s a different matter altogether.
The New York State Legislature is gearing up for a fight over whether sweet corn or onions should be the state’s official veggie.
State Senator David Carlucci, a Democrat from Rockland County, is vouching for onions. His rival vegetable champion, State Senator Michael Nozzolio, a Republican from Rockland County, is pushing for sweet corn.
Both vegetables have merit. In 2007, onions had a statewide cash receipt value of $94.2 million, making it the nation’s 5th largest onion producer, according to the U.S.D.A.’s New York Field Office. Sweet corn ranked 4th but had cash receipts of $72.6 million, $21.6 million less than onions.
Senator Nozzolio, who first championed corn with the introduction of a bill in 2007, was knocked down because corn is technically a grain, not a vegetable. He reintroduced the corn bill on Tuesday. Senator Carlucci introduced the rival onion bill last week.
What’s your vote? Sweet corn or onions?
Entry filed under: Local Food Production, US Food Policy. Tags: New York State Legislature, new york state offical vegetable, onions, State Senator David Carlucci, State Senator Michael Nozzolio, sweet corn.