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The moment of truth is fast approaching for many Californians regarding Proposition 37, a Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Initiative. The fate of this ballot proposition will be voted on November 6, 2012. Check out the latest LA Times op-ed from Dan Imhoff author of Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to the Next Food … Continue reading LA Times Op-Ed: The case for Prop. 37
The legislative session has ended with Governor Brown signing three bills of interest to health, environment and sustainable farming advocates. We thank you for all your support in helping make these bills become law. We want to shed light on two organizations that represent a new mainstream in food and farming. They are effective sustainable … Continue reading Governor Brown Signs Three Bills To Support Healthy Food and Farms
A garden in every school – can you imagine that? A Bay Area community is well on its way, with impressive statistics showing that 52% of its public elementary schools have gardens. The San Mateo County Food System Alliance (FSA), a multi-stakeholder collaborative of farmers, fishermen, ranchers, environmental and public health professionals, and residents, recognizes … Continue reading Planting Seeds For Change
In the past few years in South Los Angeles, there has been an emergence of innovative practices in urban agriculture taking place. Creative and efficient uses of city-owned parkways – the strips of earth between the sidewalk and curb – are being used for fruit and vegetable gardens. Given the social and economic context of … Continue reading Taking Back the Streets through Urban Agriculture
The demand for local and sustainable food has exploded in recent years. We are seeing that more large-scale retailers, institutions and individual consumers are eager to acquire food from local and regional sources in an attempt to curb the harmful economic, social and environmental impacts of industrial agriculture. But the current high-volume, long-distance food system … Continue reading Food Hubs: Bringing Local Food and Value Chains Into the New Mainstream
What does it look like when you combine local farmer control, comprehensive community involvement, and diversity of participants? The day that I got to visit Half Moon Bay Coastside Farmers’ Market it looked something like this: three lines of bright white tents nestled beneath blue sky and rolling hills, buzzing with people. Nearly everyone seems … Continue reading Half Moon Bay Farmers’ Market: It’s All About the People
“Food is not just relevant, but critical to dozens of disciplines. It’s agriculture; it’s business; it’s health; it’s the economy; it’s the environment; it’s international relations; it’s war and peace.” – Jan Ellen Spiegel, “Truly Food for Thought”When Roots of Change (ROC) started searching for summer interns, the pool of applicants embodied something ROC has … Continue reading Food Studies: Fad or Future?
Is our food system broken? Earlier this year we shared an excellent blog, It’s Not That It’s Broken, written by farmer and author Chris Sayer. He writes about the state of American agriculture, its evolution and what lies ahead. Chris points out that the current mainstream food system is doing exactly what it was meant … Continue reading An Emerging Mainstream In Food and Farming
It’s Independence Day once again, the great American holiday that commemorates the formation of our democracy and the Declaration of Independence. For this Fourth of July, we should celebrate that the Farm Bill is now a very hot policy topic in Washington. The US Senate recently passed its version of the Farm Bill called … Continue reading Vote with Your Fork for a Better Food System this Fourth of July!