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I recently read a story in Civil Eats about the state of Florida’s battle with Citrus Greening disease. It’s a tree killer, spread by a bug called the Asian citrus psyllid. Florida’s battle highlights the wicked problems created by monoculture. Monoculture simply means the mass planting or raising of one genetically identical species, plant or … Continue reading Brief podcast: “4 Minutes on Food and Farming”
Blog Post: Based on the January 2019 Podcast: Power: it’s a loaded word. It creates fear in some, hunger in others. But what is it and why is it needed by the good food movement? I will be exploring its meaning and importance in very brief podcasts each month this year in the hopes of … Continue reading Thoughts on Building Food Movement Power
Assemblymember Anna Caballero (Salinas), Chairs of the Assembly Ag Committee, has introduced AB 2166, entitled the California Farm Bill. A stunning bill, it marks the first introduction of an omnibus bill (one that contains multiple provisions) for agriculture. It promotes agricultural technology to meet 21st century challenges related to labor shortages, workforce development, global warming … Continue reading A California Farm Bill for Our Future
Roots of Change president, Michael R. Dimock, shared his concerns about GMOs at the 2018 SXSW event in Austin
Opening Remarks of Michael R. Dimock, President, Roots of Change SXSW Panel GMO 2.0 Beyond Monsanto There has been a powerful rejection of GMOs by millions of people for legitimate reasons, many of which have nothing to do with the safety of the food. I have two basic points. One related to the social context … Continue reading Roots of Change president, Michael R. Dimock, shared his concerns about GMOs at the 2018 SXSW event in Austin
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
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.
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
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
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
Closing Keynote by Michael Dimock, Food Tank Summit, Sacramento, September 22, 2016. Introduction by Danielle Nierenberg.