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Short Title; Definitions; Matters of Public Interest (Consolidated Laws of New York: Agriculture and Markets Law; Article 1; 1 3)

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This Article of the Agriculture and Markets Law of New York provides the title of the Law as a chapter within the Consolidated Laws of New York, lays down basic definitions used throughout the Law, and provides the declaration of its policy and purposes. Notably, it declares that it is the policy and duty of the state to promote, foster, and encourage the agricultural industry, with proper standards of living for those engaged therein; to design and establish long-range programs for its stabilization and profitable operation; to increase through education, research, regulation, and scientific means, the quantity, quality, and efficiency of its production; to improve its marketing system; to encourage adequate and skilled assistance for agricultural enterprises; to maintain at fair prices uncontrolled by speculation the instrumentalities and products of agriculture; to remove unnecessary or unfair costs and obstacles in the transportation, storage, processing, distribution, marketing, and sale of agricultural products; to prevent frauds in the traffic therein; to promote an expanded demand for the state's agricultural products and the intelligent uses thereof by consumers as pure and wholesome food; to protect the public health and to eliminate the evils of under-nourishment; to encourage the selection and consumption of food according to sound dietary and nutritional principles; to improve our citizens' overall health and to combat the increasing incidence of adult and childhood obesity; and to make our people conscious of the bond of mutual self-interest between our urban and our rural populations.
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