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“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!
Roots of Change is delighted to share this three part series of “Youth in Agriculture”. Our high school student intern, Justin Schmidt writes about his experiences farming and shares his perspective on the future of agriculture. My interest in agriculture developed two years ago when I worked on a farm in Washington State for a … Continue reading Youth in Agriculture
Roots of Change (ROC) is very grateful for all the phone calls made by our allies up and down the State who sought to motivate our Senators to craft a better Food and Farm Bill. As we announced yesterday the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved a five-year Food and Farm Bill with a final vote … Continue reading Senate Agriculture Committee Passes 2012 Food and Farm Bill
Action Alert The opportunity to transform federal food and farm policy only comes once every five years. We’ll need every voice to achieve what we want: farm policy that helps family farmers produce healthy food, builds vibrant communities, and sustains the environment. Our 2012 Farm Bill campaign calls … Continue reading It’s Time for a Better Farm Bill
Congress is hard at work on the reauthorization of a U.S Farm Bill. The Senate Agriculture Committee has completed four Congressional hearings and reports indicate the Senate would like to have a bill ready to present by the end of April. Michigan Senator and Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Debbie Stabenow, has included a … Continue reading Ensuring Healthy Food Access To All
The Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act is gaining momentum in Congress. This act is being led by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, an ally of Roots of Change (ROC) that is focused on federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture and food systems. This bill creates jobs and spurs economic growth through … Continue reading Support Local Food Today
Tweet On March 6, 2012 an important breakthrough occurred as 10 mayors of key metropolitan cities cosigned a letter in support of important programs funded by the Federal Farm Bill. In this letter mayors focused on the importance of funding nutrition programs, which are vital to the health and well being of their inhabitants. Roots … Continue reading Big City Mayors Unite and Send Important Message to Congress about 2012 Farm Bill