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CDFA DIRECTOR UPSET OVER PASSAGE OF CVP BILL

 CDFA DIRECTOR UPSET OVER PASSAGE OF CVP BILL
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The director of the


California Dept. of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Henry Voss, says the passage of the Central Valley Water Project bill by the U.S. Congress will have long-term serious economic impacts to the state of California.
 Said Voss, "The decision to designate 800,000 acre-feet per year of CVP water to fish and wildlife in addition to other provisions of the bill will result in a reduction of food and fiber production in California by as much as $1.7 billion dollars. The reduced water distribution under the bill could affect food and fiber production on one million acres of California farmland. This will not only have serious economic impacts on rural communities, but will reduce the availability of agricultural products to the urban consumers."
 Voss called the approval of the bill short sighted. "At a time when California continues to grow in population, the reduction in the production of food negatively affects food supplies for people not only in California but in other states and countries as well."
 Reducing food production also impacts not only the economy of farming, but the economy of communities, counties and the state. It is estimated that the reduced crop value would lower economic activities in counties and the state by as much as $7 billion.
 According to Voss a number of important policy questions remain unanswered under the Miller-Bradley Bill: (1) What will be the economic and social consequences of reduced food supplies; (2) What will be the political consequences of increased dependency on food imported to the state and nation; (3) What is the feasibility of the California economy to pay for imported food (in addition to imported energy); and (4) What will be the impact on rural communities in terms of jobs and local economies.
 Voss says the Miller-Bradley proposal will lead California in a policy direction opposite to those practiced in other world regions. National governments are promoting food self-reliance. The passage of the Miller-Bradley bill could result in a greater dependence of California (and other states) upon imported food. "This would have long-term undesirable economic, social and political consequences," said Voss.
 According to the CDFA director, "The Miller-Bradley bill fails to search for compromises between farming and wildlife. Government policies should be promoting the balanced development of resources for wildlife habitats and food production. The two do not need to be contradictory."
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 /CONTACT: Carl DeWing, communications officer of CDFA, 916-654-0462/ CO: California Dept. of Food and Agriculture ST: California IN: SU: LEG


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