CCOF is a founding Executive Committee member of a statewide coalition called the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). Both are committed to building an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable food and farming system in California.
Founded in response to an urgent call for sustainable practices that reduce farming-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prepare farmers to cope with the coming challenges of climate change, CalCAN is a coalition that advances policies to support California agriculture in the face of the climate crisis.
Climate change is expected to cause extreme and unpredictable weather, drier conditions, reduced water resources, and increased pest and disease pressures in California. These potentially profound impacts on the viability of California agriculture require immediate action.
Fortunately, many of the practices developed by the organic farming community offer powerful strategies for reducing GHG emissions, sequestering carbon, and making agriculture more resilient to climate change by decreasing reliance on fossil fuels, conserving water, and increasing soil fertility.
The benefits go beyond climate protection: organic agriculture offers environmental and health benefits such as clean air and water, increased biodiversity, and enhanced wildlife habitat.
Believing that agriculture can play a constructive role in responding to the climate crisis by reducing its carbon footprint, CalCAN strives to be a voice for the positive contribution agriculture can make on climate protection and adaptation. CalCAN is the only organization advocating policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and organic/sustainable agriculture in California, serving as a bridge between agriculture and the environment and thus cultivating farmer leadership on the issue.
More detailed information about CalCAN can be found on its website, or:
Renata Brillinger, Executive Director