AB 2413 - The Farm to Fork Bill
Governor Jerry Brown has signed a group of bills aimed at promoting the “farm to fork” movement in California that seeks to bring fresh produce and other foods closer to consumers, including many not served by traditional grocery stores.
In September 2014, Brown signed AB 2413, a measure that creates a state Office of Farm to Fork to promote food access and increase agricultural products available to schools and under-served communities. Assemblyman John Perez (D-Los Angeles) authored the bill, which puts the new office within the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
The new Office of Farm to Fork will work with city councils and county supervisors to identify under-served areas for new farmer’s markets and other non-profit food delivery operations. This office will encourage food hubs, work with regional and statewide stakeholders to identify urban and rural communities that lack access to healthy food, and determine current barriers to food access.
The bill will “identify opportunities and provide technical assistance for collaboration between farmers, regional and local food banks, partner agencies, and nonprofit charitable organizations in the gleaning, collection, and distribution of agricultural products for the purposes of reducing hunger and increasing access to healthy foods.”
If you would like to get involved in the California Food to Fork movement visit cafarmtofork.com. There you will find ways to help and additional resources and publications.