California and Mexico Ratify Agreement on Sustainable Agriculture

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Contact: Michelle Reynolds

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Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Governor Gavin Newsom’s representative for International Affairs and Trade Development, announced today that the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development and the California Department of Food and Agriculture have ratified an agreement on sustainable agriculture. The memorandum of understanding will strengthen communication, promote the exchange of information on climate change adaptation, and build partnerships focused on both food safety and agricultural workforce development.

Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis said, “This agreement is critical on a number of fronts: it will help us address labor conditions and understand the root cause of migration among those that grow our food. Additionally, climate-smart agricultural policies are needed now more than ever to protect and sustain our planet’s natural resources. Examining and cooperating on issues pertaining to labor conditions, land use, and adaptation is critical if we want to improve the sustainability and security of food, farming, and the environment.”