Bon Appétit Management Company Can Party & Talk Policy Too!

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!

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Food and Farm Changes Afoot, Your Chance to Weigh In

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

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ROC President: Food Movement Unites Unlikely Allies

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

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Time for a New Alliance on Healthy Food and Agriculture

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

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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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