The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to implement AB 551
In partnership with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, I attended the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this morning to hear the decision about AB 551 and to stand in solidarity on the issue of food equity and urban agriculture in neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Our advocacy efforts over the past three years on this issue have been focused on making sure EVERY neighborhood and community has equal opportunity to participate in a countywide AB551 program to grow fresh, healthy food. AB 551 has always been about expanding access, not denying certain communities from the opportunity to incentivize new food growing projects. While we remain in strong support of AB551 implementation countywide, it cannot be at the exclusion of neighborhoods that stand to benefit the most from increased access to fresh, healthy food.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to implement AB 551 and adopt the Urban Ag Incentive Zones Program for LA County. This is a step in the right direction, as the County is incentivizing property owners to lease/use their land for a community benefit. We can look forward to witnessing the power and reach urban agriculture projects have in promoting healthier, more aesthetically pleasing, more environmentally friendly and more economically vibrant communities!Now, the next step is for the City of Los Angeles to adopt a Resolution establishing LA as an Urban Ag Incentive Zone.
I am attaching the supporting flowchart documents to give a wider picture for the project: