n. The false disparagement of perishable food products.
Such laws to protect the reputation of carrots and spinach were immediately nicknamed "the veggie libel laws" or "the veggie hate laws."
Nonetheless, previous efforts to pass veggie libel laws in Sacramento have been stymied. Two years ago, Costa and Assemblyman Tom J. Bordonaro Jr. (R-Paso Robles) proposed companion bills that would have created "veggie libel" as a new civil cause of action.
In a move that was hailed as a major victory for the human rights of vegetation nationwide, the Colorado Senate this week passed a bill extending libel protection to fruits, vegetables and other perishable food.