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Two cents for prevention will reduce suffering and save hundreds of billions

Two cents for prevention will reduce suffering and save hundreds of billions The California Legislature is abuzz with internal debates about its priorities in the Trump era. It is imperative that we remind them there is one public health crisis unfolding today for which action must be taken now: the Diabetes epidemic that arises from … Continue reading 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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Too small to survive, not too big to fail

Small farmers have among the toughest financial rows to hoe in the nation. Over the past two years a steady stream of well-written pieces, like the one below from Civil Eats , “Quitting Season: Why Farmers Walk Away From Their Farms” (by Debbie Weingarten),  clarify for us all that our food system is broken. If … Continue reading Too small to survive, not too big to fail

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We’re BACK!

ROC is gearing up again for another year of action after our late-fall-early-winter respite. AND we are in a significant transition related to both funding and our role as a supporter of the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC). In order to operate with less restriction on our policy work, ROC must raise more funds from … Continue reading We’re BACK!

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The Way Forward is to Build Community

By Michael R. Dimock Water is the primary topic in the food and agriculture world here in the state of California. The news media covers dozens of stories everyday. We learn that there’s not enough water now, but soon there may be too much. It seems the fight for control over water heats up in … Continue reading The Way Forward is to Build Community

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Power Building for the Food Movement: A Mighty River From Many Streams

As ROC has said before, the food movement is composed of many streams of advocacy: worker and food justice, public health, faith-based, sustainable agriculture, climate and environmental protection, local economies, farm to school and slow food. As individuals we are often too weak to win, but combined we become a powerful river strong enough to … Continue reading Power Building for the Food Movement: A Mighty River From Many Streams

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Stastics Service issued its annual report on Farms in Land Report for 2016. We though you might like to see the data on California. It is important to note that USDA collects data based on six categories determined by amount of sales: < $10,000; < $100,000; < $250,000; < $500,000; < $1 mil and > $1 mil.

    Here is what we have learned: California lost about 700 farms in the last year. The amount of land in agriculture remained the same, but the average farm size increased by 3 acres. Farm losses were concentrated in those with less than $250,000 in sales. There are no more farms in the in the four remaining sales tiers. The has been the trend for decades. Farms are get larger with more sales in order to survive.

    Number of farms 2015: 77,400 vs 2016: 76,700, a loss of 700
    Total acres in farm or ranch land: 2015: 25,400,000 vs 2016 25,400,000, remained the same.
    Average farm size in acres 2015: 328 vs 2016: 331, increased by 3
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