Act Now to Support AB 1321 in California’s Budget: Nutrition Incentives Act Is Win-Win for Low-Income Families & Small Farmers

Act Now to Support AB 1321 in California's Budget: Nutrition Incentives Act Is Win-Win for Low-Income Families & Small Farmers
Last week Governor Brown released his revised budget for the state. In response to the Governor’s proposal, the California state Assembly and Senate are in the process of preparing their counter-proposal. Now is the time to ask California’s Budget leaders to Fund Nutrition Incentives Act, AB 1321. For background on AB 1321, click here. How… Read more »

Market Match Program Grows with the Power of Partnerships and a New Website

Market Match Program Grows with the Power of Partnerships and a New Website
Today, the Ecology Center is launching our new Market Match website, MarketMatch.org. This new mobile compatible website informs shoppers, funders, partners, and the general public about the Market Match program. It builds support for the program, and it assists shoppers in locating the nearest CalFresh-accessible farmers’ market, including those that offer Market Match. Established in… Read more »

New California Law Elevates Farmers’ Markets – Part of Behind-the-Scenes Work of the Ecology Center

New California Law Elevates Farmers' Markets - Part of Behind-the-Scenes Work of the Ecology Center
The Ecology Center’s weekly farmers’ markets are how we got our start building an alternative food system. Recently, our work in that realm has expanded, but less visibly to our local supporters and farmers’ market customers. That’s because we’re working behind the scenes statewide with other farmers’ market managers and partners, to replicate programs that… Read more »

Proposed Bills to Take Action on for Health and Environment

Proposed Bills to Take Action on for Health and Environment
Ah, spring in Sacramento: an abundance of Assembly Bills and Senate Bills, young pieces of policy that could become important state laws. This is the time of year that proposed bills make their way through various committees, each committee holding a vote before the bill can go to the next step. As a bill comes… Read more »

California Proposes Warning Label for Sugary Drinks

California Proposes Warning Label for Sugary Drinks
High rates of obesity and diabetes have been linked to drinking soda and other sweetened beverages. The good news? There’s a variety of solutions to protect our health and keep healthcare costs down. Berkeley’s proposed Healthy Child Initiative, putting a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, is one route that’s been shown would reduce consumption, and… Read more »