California State Senate Approves "Eat Local, Buy California Grown" Resolution

Thursday, June 23, 2011

On the floor of the California State Senate, Agriculture Committee Chairman Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today presented Assembly Concurrent Resolution 42, declaring every Sunday as “Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day.”

“California’s family farmers and ranchers help feed the nation, and their continued success will be a major boon to our state’s agriculture industry and to our economic recovery,” said Cannella. “When we buy California products, we’re supporting California’s economy. And when California’s economy grows, we all benefit. That’s the reason I encourage all Californians to join me in eating local and buying California-grown products.”

California’s agriculture industry contributes $35 billion to our state’s economy every year, and the state is home to nine of the ten most productive agricultural counties in the nation. However, California agriculture experienced a 9 percent drop in the sales value of agricultural products between 2008 and 2009.

ACR 42 aims to support this important sector of California’s economy by encouraging families, restaurants and grocers to buy California-grown foods. It is estimated that, if all Californians ate locally and bought Californian grown every Sunday, it would represent a 4.2 billion pound increase in consumption of California-produced or California-produced-and-processed food. That would mean $26.3 billion in additional sales of our state’s agricultural products.

“California produces more than half of the nation’s fruits, nuts and vegetables,” said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, the author of ACR 42. “If we don’t support California agriculture, we risk becoming dependent on foreign food from countries with minimal food safety standards.”

ACR 42 was approved by a 34 to 0 vote.