Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D- Hollister) recently made an exciting announcement about a bill he just introduced called the Equitable Economic Recovery, Healthy Food Access, Climate Resilient Farms and Worker Protection Bond Act (AB 125). Center for Food Safety (CFS) is proud to be a member of the diverse coalition that is co-sponsoring the bill.
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed weaknesses within our food and farming system and exacerbated long-standing inequities. This bond measure proposed in AB 125 would invest in California's communities in order to address the multiple challenges we face today: recovering from the impacts of the pandemic and fighting the climate crisis while rebuilding our food and farming system to be more equitable and resilient in the face of future shocks.
CFS believes that a safe food supply requires an agricultural system where farmers use practices that reduce chemical use, promote soil health, and clean air and water. This legislation will ensure much needed funds to help farmers transition to these practices while also increasing access to safe and healthy food for all Californians.
At the press conference announcing the bill, Assemblymember Rivas and Assemblymember Kalra shared the reasons for their leadership on this initiative.
"It is time for a better food system in our state—one that is more resilient, more sustainable, and more just. AB 125 is an investment in our future that will help spur our economy and rebuild our food and farming systems to be more equitable for all Californians, while protecting our environment and our farmlands, so California's agricultural industry can remain competitive for many decades to come." — Assemblymember Robert Rivas
"There is a lot of connection between what is happening in our urban communities & our rural communities. I'm here to speak on the importance of this bond on the issues of economic recovery, climate change, food security & farm system workers." — Assemblymember Ash Kalra
For the first time, AB 125 will give voters the opportunity to invest in building the infrastructure needed to provide Californians a safe, reliable, healthy, and environmentally sustainable food supply. This measure aims to deliver healthy food for the most vulnerable Californians while climate-proofing our farms that face droughts, wildfires, and extreme weather. It also makes investments in disadvantaged communities, socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, Tribes, small- and medium-sized farms and small businesses to ensure an equitable economic recovery for California.
The four main areas in the bond are:
For a summary of AB 125, click here, and here for the full bill language.
If you would like to support AB 125, please click here to sign on to a letter.