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Thanksgiving: A Wise Response for Troubled Times

Thanksgiving is a profound holiday reflecting an American wisdom that has served us well. We rightly think of it as a day to feel gratitude for our blessings. We celebrate the abundance of nature and our social bonds by sharing a great annual feast. It is a wonderful tradition, my personal favorite. Yet, most of … Continue reading Thanksgiving: A Wise Response for Troubled Times

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I have lived through my first natural disaster and I know what will make America great again.

The fires in Northern California have been horrific, but instructive. They made clear the real enemy of our times. We have entered a dramatic period of climate chaos in which large-scale devastation of communities will be frequent. This is a fact to be embraced. It tells us to employ new approaches to building homes, managing … Continue reading I have lived through my first natural disaster and I know what will make America great again.

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Here’s How You Can Help With The Northern California Disaster

The disaster in Northern California is overwhelming. Dozens have perished, thousands of families are displaced and structures destroyed. Livestock, pets, vines and food and wine production facilities have been lost. In addition to the amazing efforts of the first responders from all across the state, a positive aspect of this event is the outpouring of … Continue reading Here’s How You Can Help With The Northern California Disaster

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Mother Nature Has the Last Word

California is burning. Wild fires are natural and common here. Each fall as the heat and dry grasses create the conditions, fires ignite. But clearly for decades now the fires have grown more frequent, larger and increasingly destructive. Human impacts on the climate and rapidly expanding encroachment into the uplands make the fires worse. Here … Continue reading Mother Nature Has the Last Word

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Time for a Healthy California Fund: two cents for prevention will reduce suffering and save hundreds of billions

The California Legislature has committed to maintain the golden state’s progressive values and leadership in the Trump era. I appreciate this commitment, but see a gap between words and actions. The Legislature refuses to consider the most progressive public health measure ever proposed in our state: a health impact fee on sugary beverages to fund … Continue reading Time for a Healthy California Fund: two cents for prevention will reduce suffering and save hundreds of billions

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Food Tank Closing Keynote by Michael Dimock (video clip)

Closing Keynote by Michael Dimock, Food Tank Summit, Sacramento, September 22, 2016. Introduction by Danielle Nierenberg.

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Farm Tank Summit – Closing Keynote by Michael R. Dimock

Michael R. Dimock’s Closing Keynote, Inaugural Farm Tank Summit, Sacramento, California, September 22, 2016: Good afternoon! It has been a pleasure and an honor to share this day in which we heard from an amazing line up of inspired, inspiring and action oriented speakers. Let’s hear it for them all! So I am the last guy … Continue reading Farm Tank Summit – Closing Keynote by Michael R. Dimock

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Ten Questions with Michael Dimock, President of Roots of Change

Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Michael Dimock, President of Roots of Change, who will be speaking at the Farm Tank conference: Food Tank (FT): What inspired you to get involved in food and agriculture? Michael Dimock (MD): The realization in 1988 that the food system was the foundation of civilization and … Continue reading Ten Questions with Michael Dimock, President of Roots of Change

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A ROC Call to Action!

We need your voice today! ROC has been working with many allies since February to win a $5 million budget request to support nutrition incentives that help low income families afford fresh produce at farmers markets, farm stands, locally owned retail and through a CSA subscription program. We’ve gotten the request approved by the California … Continue reading A ROC Call to Action!

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Michael R. Dimock’s Testimony in Support of Nutrition Incentive Funding Before the California Assembly Budget Committee March 30, 2016

Chairman Bloom and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to speak in support of five million dollars for the new statewide Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program created last year with the passage of Assemblymember Ting’s AB 1321, which was sponsored by Roots of Change. This program is built on the evidence-based success … Continue reading Michael R. Dimock’s Testimony in Support of Nutrition Incentive Funding Before the California Assembly Budget Committee March 30, 2016

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    Happy Thanksgiving to all our Facebook friends! We are grateful to be in relationship to you via this tool of the modern age. We are grateful for your interest in our effort to create more health and resilience for our people and communities through a rapid evolution of our food and farms. We are grateful for the farmers and ranchers who are awakening to healthier, more just and sustainable ways of raising up our food from soil well cared for. We are grateful for the food chain workers from field to table who process, transport, prepare, serve and recycle or compost what remains after the meal. We are grateful to the livestock that are born and live to deliver abundantly of themselves to feed us. We are grateful to the resource managers working to protect and conserve the water, soil, species diversity and atmosphere so that our ecosystem will remain in balance and bountiful. We are grateful to all those on the front lines articulating, organizing, advocating and legislating to reimagine and reform our food system to ensure a better world for our kids. Enjoy your circle of family and friends on this special day.

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