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Tweet Do you know your carbon food print, the carbon impacts of your food choices? We may not always think about it but the actions we take can greatly affect our environment. By educating ourselves and others, we have the power to reduce our environmental impact. We encourage you to find out what a huge … Continue reading Is Your Diet Affecting the Environment?
Tweet Many people today believe that the answer to feed our growing population lies in Agroecology, a framework and set of principles for designing and managing farms, ranches, and direct relationships between producers and consumers. A recent report by the United Nations, Agroecology and the Right to food, illustrates that agroecological practices are in fact … Continue reading Can Agroecology Feed the World?
Tweet Roots of Change (ROC) president, Michael Dimock, had the pleasure to interview one of the leading figures in the food movement, Michael Pollan. Pollan is the author of several well-known books such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. He has changed the way Americans … Continue reading California’s Food System. Where Is It Headed?
Tweet Roots of Change (ROC) continues to evolve as we head into 2011, but before we move forward we’d like to take a moment and reflect on the accomplishments of the ROC network in 2010. ROC has brought together more key stakeholders to the table, implemented a large program around healthy food access and … Continue reading Top 10 Achievements of ROC Network in 2010
Tweet Important News –Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Karen Ross as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). She has most recently been Chief of Staff with the United States Department of Agriculture. As President of Roots of Change (ROC), I am excited for Ross’ appointment as Secretary since she has done … Continue reading Congratulations Karen Ross, new Secretary of CDFA
Wow, so this is so exciting for me and for the ROC team. By team I mean the Council, the Staff and our group of consultants. This event culminates years of work, four years really. I want them all to stand so that you know who you should complain to if it’s not going well. … Continue reading Opening Remarks, 2010 ROC Network Summit
Amazing, I thought to myself as I walked into the University of San Francisco Dining Hall on September 28, 2010, it smells great! I was invited by Bon Appétit Management Company to attend a special dinner for their national Eat Local Challenge. At all 400 of their dining service sites from coast to coast, on … Continue reading Bon Appétit Management Company Can Party & Talk Policy Too!
There are big changes in food and farming happening at the highest levels of California government and this is your chance to weigh in with your opinions. First a bit of background about the players – the two most powerful State government entities focused on food and farms. The California Department of Food and Agriculture … Continue reading Food and Farm Changes Afoot, Your Chance to Weigh In
Michael Pollan’s latest article, “The Food Movement, Rising” in the New York Review of Books, is well worth careful reading. He offers both an overview of the movement’s evolution and musings on its possibilities. He suggests that the food movement could become a political force of profound influence. As he clarifies, the context is perfect. … Continue reading ROC President: Food Movement Unites Unlikely Allies
The Agriculture Committee of the US Senate has taken a first big step forward toward President Obama’s call for improved child nutrition by requesting an additional $450 million per year to fund better school lunch. Those seeking a healthy food and agriculture across the nation applaud the Committee’s approval of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act … Continue reading Time for a New Alliance on Healthy Food and Agriculture