Increase Support for Sustainable Farming, Conservation and Healthy Fruit, Vegetable and Nut Production and Consumption

Resolution Number 11-07.19

WHEREAS, California leads the country with an agricultural output of about $35 billion a year (12% of total U.S. agricultural revenue), growing roughly half of all the fruits, vegetables and nuts consumed in the U.S. but has finite water, land and soil resources that need to be utilized not only for today's agriculture but protected for future generations, and has a population which consumes alarmingly low rates of fruits and vegetables, resulting in the state and nation incurring billions in added health expenditures related to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other diet related diseases, and

WHEREAS, in addition to fighting urban land encroachment, drought and restrictions on water deliveries, fruit, vegetable and nut growers representing 50% of California's agricultural output received only indirect support from the federal government, and all federal funding for statewide agricultural conservation programs that help farmers reduce their use of chemicals and protect water, land, soil and wildlife habitat ammounted to less than $100 million in 2009, and

WHEREAS, commodity crops, which are an important part of California's agriculture portfolio, receive the bulk of direct federal farm subsidies in California, and it is important to establish that any subsidy is not only necessary to ensure crop production but also be targeted to those farming operations that don"t have other governmental or private resources available to them,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party urges our state and federal delegations and local officials to promote policies that:

1) Promote conservation of water, land and soil resources,

2) Ensure that California's farms receive a reliable water supply and that farms be protected from encroaching urbanization,

3) Increase fruit, vegetable and nut consumption through larger federal purchases of these products for schools and domestic nutrition programs,

4) Ensure that small and mid-size farmers obtain access to federal and state assistance programs, including federal subsidies,

5) Increase research and extension for organic agriculture,

6) Ensure that fruit, vegetable and nut farms have a greater share of federal farm subsidies.

Submitted in 2011 to California Democratic Party by San Mateo County Democracy for America

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2011 Executive Board Meeting
Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim
July 31, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

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