CA: Corporate welfare bill for American Big Ag on Newsom’s desk

Source: Fresno Bee

“A bill on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk could require California public institutions — including schools — to purchase food produced in the United States, as long as it doesn’t cost 25% more than imported products. Senate Bill 490, the Buy American Food Act, aims to support domestic food production by [protecting American businesses from market competition] and providing locally grown meals to students, according to the bill’s author, state Sen. Anna Caballero. Caballero said the measure prioritizes domestic products over cheaper, imported ones. The legislation is needed, she said, because California has among the strictest requirements for food safety and climate standards, and the state’s wage and benefits regulations drive up labor costs.” (09/18/22)