Collective Impact: Case Study of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Good Food Purchasing Policy

By Holly Calhoun, Roots of Change. On Wednesday 4/22/15 the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) bimonthly Network Meeting featured a case study and panel discussion on their Good Food Purchasing Policy, “From Working Group to Good Food Policy: Collective Impact in Action.” The Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP) was born out of a working … Continue reading Collective Impact: Case Study of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Good Food Purchasing Policy

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Earth Day Begins with the Soil

Photo source: biocycle.net Earth Day is about saving the earth. But this Earth Day the future could seem a bit bleak. Global warming – with its epic California drought – and the collapse of Honey Bee populations are two of many serious environmental crises before us. But in both of these challenges ROC sees opportunity … Continue reading Earth Day Begins with the Soil

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Food movement has a role in tackling drought and climate change

The drought is terrifying farmers and ranchers. Now is the moment for the food movement to support agriculture and help it move to a new and better place. You cannot hurt people when they are down and expect good results. If we bash farmers now it will make matters worse and potentially slow our progress … Continue reading Food movement has a role in tackling drought and climate change

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An Awesome, Under-Recognized Opportunity to Act on Climate

By Diana Donlon. As a plant-lover I’ve always appreciated healthy soil, but it wasn’t until I heard a rancher named Richard King explain how rebuilding the organic matter in soils has the potential to store tons of atmospheric carbon that I got true religion. “You should do a TED Talk,” I gushed after his workshop … Continue reading An Awesome, Under-Recognized Opportunity to Act on Climate

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Food Movement Gains Ground Despite Resistance

There are many signs that the food movement is having its intended impact AND we have much more to do to achieve a healthy, equitable and resilient food system. You may have heard that the Hersey’s Chocolate Company rejected GMOs and its Kisses will soon be free of genetically engineered ingredients. This is notable because … Continue reading Food Movement Gains Ground Despite Resistance

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Assembly Budget Sub-Committee #1 Testimony by Justin Rausa

On February 25, 2015, ROC’s policy director, Justin Rausa, delivered to the California Assembly Health & Human Services Budget Subcommittee, a request for authorization of $5 million annually to fund a statewide nutrition incentive grant program. The program would help farmers markets, farm stands, CSAs and small locally owned retailers provide match funds to SNAP, … Continue reading Assembly Budget Sub-Committee #1 Testimony by Justin Rausa

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Market Match: Making California’s Farmers’ Markets Accessible

Civil Eats: When Allison Miller lost her job as a server at a restaurant that closed last summer, she wasn’t sure how she would make ends meet while living in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the country. Surviving on unemployment benefits, she was able to qualify for CalFresh, funded through the federal … Continue reading Market Match: Making California’s Farmers’ Markets Accessible

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The Real Politics of Food: The Nation Awakens

As we head into the Thanksgiving season, the continuing momentum of the food movement across the nation is clearly visible. And for that I am grateful. I believe that 2014 will be seen as the year that the food movement demonstrated its capacity to become deeply political. The first weeks of November have been telling … Continue reading The Real Politics of Food: The Nation Awakens

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Commencement Address by Michael R. Dimock to the Silicon Valley Health Corps at The Forge at the University of Santa Clara

Hello! I want to say to all assembled that I am thrilled to join you in honoring these 21 graduates of the Silicon Valley Health Corps. I have read each of their biographies, reviewed their videos and the metrics of their success and I want to say my outlook on the future is enhanced. I … Continue reading Commencement Address by Michael R. Dimock to the Silicon Valley Health Corps at The Forge at the University of Santa Clara

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Renewable energy: One more step toward full farm sustainability

When it comes to sustainable farming, terms like organic, local, non-GMO and no-till are the concepts that come to mind for most people. While a pesticide-free growing environment and proper land-use practices are vital components for an eco-friendly farm, there’s another less obvious sustainability issue that can hide from even the most conscientious farmers – … Continue reading Renewable energy: One more step toward full farm sustainability

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