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AMENDED IN SENATE JUNE 16, 2011
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JUNE 2, 2011
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JUNE 1, 2011

INTRODUCED BY Assembly Members Ma and Galgiani
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Blumenfield, Gordon, Hill,
Huffman, Jeffries, Bonnie Lowenthal, Monning, Olsen, Perea, Solorio,
Alejo, Allen, Ammiano, Atkins, Bill Berryhill, Block, Bonilla,
Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Butler, Charles Calderon, Campos,
Carter, Chesbro, Cook, Davis, Dickinson, Donnelly, Eng, Feuer, Fong,
Fuentes, Furutani, Beth Gaines, Garrick, Gatto, Grove, Hagman,
Halderman, Harkey, Huber, Hueso, Jones, Lara, Mansoor, Mitchell,
Nestande, Pan, John A. Pérez, Portantino, Silva, Skinner, Swanson,
Torres, Valadao, Wagner, Williams, and Yamada)

MARCH 21, 2011

Relative to Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 42, as amended, Ma. Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day.
This measure declares that Sundays are "Eat Local, Buy California
Grown Day," and encourages families, restaurants, and grocers to buy
California-grown floriculture, fiber, and foods.
Fiscal committee: no.



WHEREAS, California has a rich heritage and is one of the world's
most prolific agricultural regions. California foods are famous for
their abundance, diversity, freshness, and high quality; and
WHEREAS, Buying California-grown food helps local family farmers,
California food producers, and California employees and their
families, contributing billions of dollars to the local economy each
year; and
WHEREAS, Eighty-five percent of California consumers say that it
is important to them to purchase foods "grown in California" and 41
percent of California consumers say that "California grown" is more
important to them today than it was a year ago; and
WHEREAS, Buying locally grown California products is better for
the environment. Food trucked or flown into California has a heavier
carbon footprint as it travels for many days, unlike products grown
just hours or minutes away; and
WHEREAS, Buying California-grown food ensures a higher level of
food safety and food safety standards. California strictly regulates
food producers for the benefit of consumers. California products such
as produce, livestock, milk, fish, floriculture, wine, dried fruits,
nuts, and canned fruits and vegetables have the strictest safety and
quality assurance standards of any state in the nation or world; and

WHEREAS, California farmers grow more than 300 food products
including livestock, poultry and seafood, produce, grains, dairy
products, and wine valued at $35 billion each year; and
WHEREAS, Buying California food helps ensure that family farmers
will sustain their historical production systems and the valuable
land that grows crops and raises livestock; and
WHEREAS, In a time of economic distress for our state, the support
of California products will help keep critical dollars within the
state for the benefit of Californians, strengthening the state's
communities, economies, and businesses. By purchasing locally
produced, or produced and processed, floriculture, fiber, and food,
consumers will boost local business, which in turn helps the local
and state government through increased tax revenues; now, therefore,
be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, That Sundays are hereby declared to be "Eat
Local, Buy California Grown Day," and families, restaurants, and
grocers are encouraged to buy California-grown floriculture, fiber,
and foods, such as fresh chicken, flowers, and produce
because supporting California-grown food products will result in
higher food quality, improved food safety, and higher environmental
and animal welfare standards, in addition to significant economic
benefits; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of
this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.