CCOF is working to pass two organic bills in California this legislative session. AB 1870 will streamline the state program that oversees organic food manufacturers and handlers, and AB 2499 will create an organic transition pilot program to support socially disadvantaged growers in becoming certified organic.
Both bills moved forward during deliberations on the Assembly floor in late May, and next, they will be taken up by the California Senate Agriculture Committee.
AB 1870, authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone, supports California food processors by streamlining the registration process and creating more transparency in the Department of Public Health’s oversight of organic processors.
AB 2499, authored by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, creates an Organic Transition Program to provide underserved farmers with financial and technical assistance to transition to organic. It also requires a statewide market analysis to help current and future farmers understand the market landscape.
CCOF’s policy team is doing targeted outreach to CCOF members, asking them to communicate their support for this legislation to their elected representatives, so we may be calling on you. Thank you to the farms, businesses, and organizations that have already signed on as supporters of these bills. To sign up as a supporter of either or both bills, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.