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The “Farmed and Dangerous” series now airing on Hulu causes discomfort for many actors seeking changes in food and farming, including ROC. We think this discomfort is a good thing. It causes all those who feel it to deepen their own clarity about their goals and roles. Even more importantly, if this series, produced by … Continue reading ROC president’s statement on the controversy over the Hulu series “Farmed and Dangerous”
Much has already been said and written about last week’s passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the Farm Bill. Observers have offered a mix of lamentation and celebration, with weight on the former. Unexpectedly, I am more pleased than put off by the results because I see what may prove to … Continue reading Progress, Not Perfection: A Californian View of the Farm Bill
Report on the CAFPC to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture by Michael R. Dimock, February 4, 2014
Good morning President McNamara and members of the Board. I appreciate the invitation to come share with you an update on the work of Roots of Change, which is now focused on development of theCalifornia Food Policy Council. The Report before you is the first product of that body and is an important indication of … Continue reading Report on the CAFPC to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture by Michael R. Dimock, February 4, 2014
On January 8, 2014, the growing food movement achieved an important milestone. The California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) released its first report to evaluate California’s legislative record related to food and farms. It is the first state-policy-focused analysis of legislative votesin the nation. This action in California is sure to be followed by similar action … Continue reading On the Front Burner: CA Food & Farming Legislation
ROC President Calls For A Farm Bill That Clearly Meets Public Needs, National Press Club, Washington DC
The Farm Foundation, a nonpartisan advocate for sound agriculture policy, hosted a Farm Bill Forum at the National Press Club in Washington DC. Former Texas Congressman Charlie Stenholm moderated the panel that included Michael R. Dimock, Joe Outlaw of Texas A&M, Jon Scholl formerly of American Farmland Trust, Helen Jensen of Iowa State and Kip Tom … Continue reading ROC President Calls For A Farm Bill That Clearly Meets Public Needs, National Press Club, Washington DC
ROC President Michael R. Dimock has taken an unusual position on the House Farm Bill passed yesterday. He does it for a reason. Many of ROC’s allies working on the CA Food Policy Council and in NGO community are lamenting the House Bill. Dimock’s points out that there is a huge shift afoot and it … Continue reading A Game-Changer for the Farm Bill and SNAP
The Senate debate for a 2013 Farm Bill has already begun. Once again we have a chance to weigh in on our nation’s food and farm policy. Join us as we get our food and farm system back on track with much-needed reforms. Call Your Senators Today! Join us as we work to ensure we … Continue reading May 22 Farm Bill Action Alert
Unless the Senate acts to fix the situation next week, 2013 is on track to be the worst setback for sustainable agriculture in years. Critical programs that boost rural economic development, leverage local initiatives and support future American farmers are in danger of disappearing completely. However, because of the debate on the continuing resolution and … Continue reading Our Best Chance to Support Critical Ag Programs
On March 4, 2013_ at the Florida International University, in Miami, Roots of Change President, Michael Dimock, delivered the keynote for the School of Environment Arts and Society’s Agroecology Symposium. Thank you for this opportunity to consider this vitally important issue of food security and the next green revolution. I believe the future of the … Continue reading Food Security and the Next Green Revolution?
February 15, 2013 — The Sacramento Region Food System Collaborative (FSC) held a regional Food Summit, State of the Regional Food System: Local Innovations. The SFSC sought to: Bring together community stakeholders on a shared vision for agriculture and food. Share a pathway for a sustainable food system through the Sacramento Region Food System Charter. … Continue reading Assemblymen Roger Dickinson presents resolution to the Sacramento Food System Collaborative