The California State Senate passed a bill Wednesday declaring every Sunday as "Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day."
The bill encourages California families, restaurants and grocers to buy food grown within the state. It estimates $26.3 billion in additional sales of agriculture products if all Californians ate locally grown foods each Sunday.
The bill was co-authored in the State Assembly by Assemblymembers Cathleen Galgiani (D-Livingston) and Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco). State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) on Wednesday presented the bill on the floor of the State Senate, where it passed unanimously. "California's family farmers and ranchers help feed the nation, and their continued success will be a major boon to our state’s agriculture industry and to our economic recovery," Cannella said in a press release. "When we buy California products, we're supporting California’s economy. And when California’s economy grows, we all benefit."