California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) is a CalCAN coalition member. CalCAN is working with CCOF to advocate for an Organic Transition Option in the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Healthy Soils Program. This post originally appeared on their blog.
Roadmap to an Organic California: Policy Report
The Roadmap to an Organic California: Policy Report is the next installment of a first-of-its-kind research project that investigates how organic is a solution to California’s toughest challenges.
Tackling climate change, economic challenges, and health inequities can feel daunting, but our Roadmap offers nearly 40 policy recommendations to grow organic to combat climate change and build healthier, more secure communities.
To help us create our bold vision for California’s future, we combed through over 300 peer-reviewed scientific studies that show the economic, environmental, and social benefits of organic. And we listened to experts on health, justice, agriculture, and the environment.
This report outlines the next steps to grow organic to secure California’s future. The Policy Report explains how to:
- Foster climate resilience by integrating organic into California’s climate strategies, investing in organic technical assistance, and conserving farmland.
- Foster economic security by investing in organic markets, supporting farmworkers, and streamlining requirements for organic businesses.
- Foster health equity by expanding organic to all communities, investing in organic food and farming, and promoting organic food as medicine.
Meeting the challenges of our time requires urgent and wide-scale action. As the leading organic state in the nation, California is well-positioned to expand its organic sector and reap the benefits of organic’s wide-reaching effects. Organic farming offers California a bright future—from healthy soils up to the healthy communities that depend on them.