A coalition of 19 state-wide groups recently formed the California Food Policy Council to push for critical food and farm legislation. Three issues are on the group’s legislative front burner: climate change, the economics of agriculture and equitable access to healthy food.
“Not only is it important to make sure that we effectively distribute resources,” says D’Artagnan Scorza with the Los Angeles-based Social Justice Learning Center. “But we need to be good stewards of those resources as well, especially in light of what we’re seeing all throughout the country.”
People involved with agriculture say California’s water shortage will be a big problem in 2014. They say greater water conservation, better storage and more efficient distribution efforts will be needed to handle this and future dry years.
A new report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office looks at how California Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend money raised from the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program known as cap-and-trade.
Ten communities in California are at risk of running out of water in the next 60 days, the California Department of Public Health says the list is likely to grow as the drought continues.
California’s state Fish and Game Commission approved closures of dozens of rivers and streams in an attempt to protect threatened salmon and steelhead trout. Scientists are worried the drought may push Coho salmon to extinction.
A compromise on the federal farm bill has protected California’s egg law that requires hens have enough room to spread their wings. Congressional negotiators rejected the so-called "King Amendment" that was part of the House version of the farm bill.
After declaring a drought last week, California Governor Jerry Brown only briefly mentioned the drought during his state of the state speech. But several Central Valley Congressmen are calling for more action through federal legislation.