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ACR-54 California Wines: Down to Earth Month. (2021-2022)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 54
CHAPTER 30

Relative to California Wines: Down to Earth Month.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  May 07, 2021. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 54, Aguiar-Curry. California Wines: Down to Earth Month.
This measure would proclaim the month of April 2021 as California Wines: Down to Earth Month, to celebrate the sustainable leadership of California wineries and winegrape growers throughout the month of April.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Sustainability is a vital part of the long-term future of California wine, which contributes an estimated $57.6 billion in annual economic activity to California’s economy; and
WHEREAS, Nearly two decades ago, Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers created the California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing, which is now in its 4th edition, and the vast majority of the state’s vineyards and wineries have since embraced the code, making it the most widely adopted sustainable winegrowing program worldwide in terms of winegrape acreage and wine production; and
WHEREAS, The California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing, now managed by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, is composed of 249 best practices for vineyards and wineries that benefit the environment, employees, neighbors, and the production of high-quality wine; and
WHEREAS, Wineries that produce 80 percent of California’s wine are Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing, the third-party certification program added in 2010; and
WHEREAS, Other state and regional sustainability programs, such as Lodi Rules, Napa Green, and Sustainability in Practice (SIP Certified), along with organic and biodynamic certifications and regional sustainability commitments, all play an important role in the California wine communities’ efforts to grow grapes and produce wine in a manner that is environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable; and
WHEREAS, Nearly 50 percent of California vineyards are certified to Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing, Lodi Rules, Napa Green, or SIP Certified; and
WHEREAS, California’s wine community continually measures its impressive progress in conserving water, energy, and other natural resources; protecting habitat, employee well-being, and air, water, and soil quality; and promoting the use of natural pest management and alternative energy and fuels; and
WHEREAS, California wineries and winegrape growers make charitable contributions of $249,000,000 annually and generously contribute their time and expertise to communities and nonprofit organizations; and
WHEREAS, California’s 4,200 wineries and 5,900 winegrape growers are predominantly family businesses with a long-term commitment to the health and vitality of their communities and to preserving the land for future generations; and
WHEREAS, California growers’ and vintners’ commitment to sustainability was recognized with three Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards; and
WHEREAS, Winegrapes are one of nearly 400 specialty crops that are California grown, and many winegrowers and other farmers are dedicated to sustainable, organic, biodynamic production; and
WHEREAS, California’s wineries and regional associations host Down to Earth and Earth Day activities such as eco-tours, virtual events pairing sustainably produced wine and food, and other green activities during the month of April; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature proclaims the month of April 2021 as California Wines: Down to Earth Month, to celebrate the sustainable leadership of California wineries and winegrape growers throughout the month of April; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.