California Ag Vision Praised by EDF

Pledges to Work with CA Agricultural Leaders on Policies

December 16, 2010
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Eric Holst, managing dir., EDF Ctr. for Conservation Incentives 916.203.5911, eholst@edf.org
Jennifer Witherspoon, EDF communications director, (415) 378-1985 or jwitherspoon@edf.org

(Sacramento–December 16, 2010) Environmental Defense Fund praised the California Agricultural Vision (Ag Vision) issued by the State Board of Food and Agriculture today.

"Environmental Defense Fund applauds California Board of Food and Agriculture Secretary Kawamura and California Board of Food and Agriculture President Al Montna for their leadership in developing and implementing Ag Vision," said Eric Holst, managing director for EDF's Center for Conservation Incentives. "We look forward to helping implement Ag Vision over the next several years."

The Ag Vision recommendations reflect a consensus among representatives from California farmers and ranchers as well as environmental, labor, food access and nutritional communities on ways to ensure a strategy for sustainable food and agriculture in California in light of a growing list of challenges facing agriculture, from regulation and water supplies to urbanization and climate change.

"Agriculture is among California's most important industries: a vital engine for job growth and environmental stewardship, concluded Holst. "There are many opportunities to work with farmers and ranchers to create a sustainable food and agricultural economy in California, while conserving our natural resources."

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