A 21st Century Social Contract Between Agriculture & the Public

ROC President, Michael Dimock, joined former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman and Texas State University food system researcher and author, Dr. Jimmy McWillams, on a panel for the Farm Foundation's Agriculture Roundtable on January 8th in San Antonio, Texas. The Roundtable is a national membership organization representing much of the nation's production agriculture leaders. Following their … Continue reading A 21st Century Social Contract Between Agriculture & the Public

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The Nitrogen Challenge

Late last week mass media woke up to a core challenge of civilization: providing sufficient nitrogen to feed plants without exacerbating climate change and water degradation in a world going from 6 to 9 billion souls. Writer Michael Pollan was on NPR’s Talk of the Nation last week with two farmers, Blake Hurst and Troy … Continue reading The Nitrogen Challenge

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The Urban-Rural Roundtable: Testimony before California’s State Board of Food & Agriculture

President Montna, Secretary Kawamura and distinguished members of the Board, thank you for inviting Roots of Change to share with you details about our Urban-Rural Roundtables project: the why, the how and the to where of that effort. But before I begin, I want to take a minute to reflect on the relationship among this … Continue reading The Urban-Rural Roundtable: Testimony before California’s State Board of Food & Agriculture

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California Ag Vision Continues to Impress: bold thinking shines through

I wanted to share my impressions from the second California Ag Vision process meeting held on Tuesday, September 15th. The first was held in early August. This is the stakeholder consensus building process involving approximately 100 leaders initiated by Secretary of Food and Agriculture, AG Kawamura, and the State Board of Food and Agriculture. The … Continue reading California Ag Vision Continues to Impress: bold thinking shines through

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California Mayors Newsom and Dellums Challenge Nation’s Cities on Food and Farming

In Oakland, California this past week, the political momentum seemed to clearly and perhaps irrevocably shift to formation of a sustainable food system for the nation. Hailing from three western states and Washington DC, 120 leading activists (from farms, ranches, philanthropy, businesses and NGOs), 15 USDA officials, and two important northern California mayors focused on … Continue reading California Mayors Newsom and Dellums Challenge Nation’s Cities on Food and Farming

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Opening Remarks: Developing Sustainable Foodsheds to Improve Food Access and Nutrition

Good morning everyone. My name is Michael Dimock. I am President of Roots of Change and one of your co-hosts for the next two days. It is a great pleasure to have you all here. I would like to make some remarks about Roots of Change and what we hope will emerge from our work … Continue reading Opening Remarks: Developing Sustainable Foodsheds to Improve Food Access and Nutrition

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The Future of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

Written Testimony for the California Senate, Food and Agriculture Committee, Regarding the Budget and Future of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Presented by Michael R. Dimock, President, Roots of Change June 16, 2009 Sacramento, CA Thank you Mr. Chairman and distinguished Committee Members. I am Michael Dimock, President of the Roots of Change … Continue reading The Future of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

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San Francisco Urban-Rural Roundtable 3/31

These are Michael's opening remarks to the San Francisco Urban-Rural Roundtable , a collaboration of urban and rural leaders charged with forming a market development and food access plan for the city and its rural neighbors and to further develop the concept of regional foodsheds. We plan to publish the final recommendation document in the … Continue reading San Francisco Urban-Rural Roundtable 3/31

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Ag Vision Process for California – Phase 2

Here, in brief, is my perspective on the beginning of Phase II in the CA Ag Vision process, which commenced this past Tuesday night and lasted through Wednesday evening at a Sacramento River resort outside our capital city. A bit of background Ag Vision is the effort to develop a broad consensus on how California … Continue reading Ag Vision Process for California – Phase 2

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PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference

On Feb. 7, I had the opportunity to give the keynote address at the PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference. My thanks to Rich Peterson, Roger Ingram and the Board of Placer Grown for inviting me to share with the PlacerGrown community. I also want to thank Janet Moranda for putting me up at her lovely … Continue reading PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference

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