Agriculture and Food Safety
The 2nd Congressional District of California is home to world-famous agricultural products, including some of the nation’s best wine grapes, pears and apples, as well as dairy and meats, which create jobs and feed our country.
The Farm Bill should improve food access and affordability, control the threat of food-borne illnesses, reduce environmental impacts, conserve scarce water resources, inform consumers about the products they buy, and support local, regional, and organic food systems.
I will keep working to strengthen our local farms and ranches, consumers, and communities. The 2nd District is also at the forefront of the legal cannabis industry. I support legalization for adults, regulation and taxation of this industry, while also supporting greater enforcement against illegal cannabis grows, which cause great environmental damage and perpetuate the black market.
I am working in Congress to reform federal law to allow responsible cannabis businesses to be treated as lawful enterprises in California and a growing number of other states that have legalized cannabis.
Antibiotics in Foods:
Our food system should be making Americans healthier, not putting us at greater risk. That’s why I’m a cosponsor of the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, which would limit the overuse of antibiotics on food animal farms.
I believe that everyone should know what is in their food, so that consumers can make informed choices. For example, some prefer to avoid GMO foods because they do not want to support the increased pesticides or herbicide use that generally accompanies GMO crops. That is why I am a cosponsor of the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, to require that any foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients be labeled accordingly. I am also a lead cosponsor of a Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States (PEGASUS) Act, which aims to aimed to keep genetically-engineered salmon—which threaten our wild salmon populations—out of our oceans, rivers, and streams.
- December 12, 2018