California has the most productive farmland in the world. Unfortunately, it is being converted to nonagricultural uses at a rate of 30,000 acres per year, threatening our food production capacity, environmental health, and economy. However, the members of CRAE believe that opportunities exist to slow this trend. A Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land describes a suite of policy recommendations, including:
- Fully fund efforts to understand the scope of the challenge.
- Strengthen state and local land use policies that prioritize the conservation of California’s agricultural lands.
- Finance long-term and permanent conservation of agricultural land.
- Keep farmers farming by ensuring strong markets for agricultural products, appropriate regulations, adequate labor force and infrastructure, and community support.