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.
Fears that California could experience fiery train accidents as oil imports by rail increase have lawmakers seeking more information. Attorneys told lawmakers that the state's role is limited.
One of the biggest battles at the California state Capitol two years ago is back for another debate. Hunting groups want to repeal the ban on using dogs to hunt bears and bobcats.
A bill that would ban the sale of personal care products containing microplastics in California will get its first hearing Monday.
There’s a bit more progress in the delicate dance of reaching a deal on a new California water bond proposal that would replace the $11 billion bond currently on the November ballot. But a deal – if any – is still months away.
Despite California’s on-going drought, marine biologists are predicting a strong salmon fishing season in the state.