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Lawmakers urge you to ‘eat local’ on Sundays

Some California lawmakers want you to light a fire under the state’s economy by “eating local.”

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco; Assembly Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston; and Foster Farms marketing director Ira Brill will be joined by other state lawmakers and agricultural leaders at a news conference tomorrow morning on the State Capitol’s steps to announce a resolution – ACR 42, introduced Monday – calling on Californians to prepare meals made exclusively from California-grown ingredients at least every Sunday.

Ma’s office notes that while California produces 400 commodities and a significant amount of food for the rest of the country, Californians still spend a tremendous amount on out-of-state foods; $210 million is spent on out-of-state poultry alone, from states such as Texas and Arkansas.

Dedicating just one day a week to eating only California-grown foods could represent a consumption increase of up to $15.6 billion in sales, according to the effort’s Facebook page.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Doug

    Oh, bite me. Eating ‘locally grown’ is not cost efficient, not good for the environment and severely limits what you can choose to cook at any given time. These ‘feel good’ efforts are misinformed, misguided, just plain stupid and take time away from our politicians working on budgets like they SHOULD be doing.

  • Patty O’Day

    Well, if they would turn on the pumps so our farmers had some water, we could REALLY help our farmers out.

  • John W

    Re #2

    For veggie crops, yes. For H20 guzzlers like cotton and alfalfa, no.