SACRAMENTO—Governor Brown has signed into law the California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA) by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and sponsored by the California Certified Organic Farmers. The new law updates California’s organic farming program to ensure that California’s organic producers do not participate in unnecessary, duplicative bureaucratic processes.
“California’s state organic program has helped the state become the global leader in organics, but it has also created some duplicative fees and paperwork for producers. COFFA will help limit those duplications and ensure California remains as a top producer of the high quality organic products enjoyed by consumers around the world,” said Stone.
The measure ensures that the information a producer provides to the state organics program is shared with the national organics program so that the producer does not have to submit paperwork to multiple regulatory entities.
“This bill supports the next era of growth in organic agriculture,” said CCOF Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo. “Today, organic is everywhere thanks to the integrity of the organic label. This bill gives important relief to producers and will help increase production to meet the tremendous consumer demand for organic products.”