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ACR-279 Plant-based diets.(2017-2018)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 279
CHAPTER 213

Relative to plant-based diets.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 07, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 279, Kalra. Plant-based diets.
This measure would encourage Californians to include more healthy plant-based foods in their diet.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The State of California has taken significant steps to establish policies and programs to preserve and protect its environment, combat climate change, provide for the health and well-being of all people, and show compassion to and support the humane treatment of animals; and
WHEREAS, The current world population is 7.6 billion people, and is projected to grow by 1.1 percent a year, with estimates reaching 8.6 billion people in 2030 and 9.8 billion by 2050; and
WHEREAS, California continues to lead the nation in adopting practices and policies to protect and preserve the environment and natural resources, and as the world’s population continues to grow, California should continue to demonstrate how the world’s population can reduce its impact on the environment; and
WHEREAS, A growing amount of research has demonstrated the health, environmental, and humane benefits of a plant-based diet; and
WHEREAS, Reports published by the National Institutes of Health, public health organizations, and colleges and universities have extolled the virtues and benefits of a plant-based diet and the benefits it presents medically, societally, and environmentally; and
WHEREAS, A plant-based diet is a diet that emphasizes plant-based foods in a person’s diet, making foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans, seeds, and whole grains the centerpiece of a meal; and
WHEREAS, Plant-based diets have been proven to help lower cholesterol, increase the consumption of fiber and naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, and lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions; and
WHEREAS, Increasing the consumption of plant-based foods helps and improves efforts to protect and preserve the environment by reducing the impact on greenhouse gas emissions, improving water conservation, and reducing habitat degradation and deforestation; and
WHEREAS, Increased plant-based food production helps improve the world’s ability to meet future food supply demands; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That making plant-based foods the emphasis of one’s diet has been proven to have a positive impact on the environment, individual health, and society as a whole, and all Californians are encouraged to include more plant-based foods in their diet; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.