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AB-38 The Office of Farm to Fork.(2013-2014)

As Amends the Law Today


 Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 49000) is added to Division 17 of the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:

CHAPTER  12. Office of Farm to Fork
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) There are many people in California who lack adequate access to healthy food.
(b) The lack of access to healthy food falls disproportionately on disadvantaged communities.
(c) These same communities also suffer from an increased rate of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions related to poor diet.
(d) Facilitating access to healthy food in these communities is needed to address the gaps in the food distribution system and help mitigate the health consequences of this inadequacy.
(e) There are many county, state, federal, and private organizations attempting to address this issue, but there is no state-level body charged with coordinating these activities.
(f) A state-level office, charged with coordinating and facilitating food access, can increase the effectiveness of ongoing programs and ensure that efforts and funding are not duplicated.
(g) The Department of Food and Agriculture is uniquely situated to house this office because of the department’s knowledge of the agricultural industry, and its ability to bring farmers together with schools, community organizations, and others to increase the availability of healthy food.
 There is hereby created in the department the Office of Farm to Fork. This office shall work with the agricultural industry, direct marketing organizations, food policy councils, public health groups, schools, district agricultural associations, county, state, and federal agencies, and other organizations involved in promoting food access to increase the amount of agricultural products available to schools and underserved communities in this state.
 (a) There is hereby created the Farm to Fork Account in the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund that shall consist of money made available from federal, state, industry, and other sources.
(b) Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, all money deposited in the Farm to Fork Account is hereby continuously appropriated to the department without regard to fiscal years to carry out the purposes of this chapter.