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How much food are you wasting during the holidays? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the US generates more than 34 million tons of food waste each year! So what can we do? This holiday season Roots of Change recommends five simple ways to reduce your waste and help the planet. 1. Freeze … Continue reading Reduce Your Waste This Holiday Season
After a long Wall Street career that included time as a global research director at a major investment bank, even I was shocked to see our nation’s financial system come to the brink of collapse in late 2008. As the dust began to settle I was compelled to look where similar danger might exist and … Continue reading Time to Occupy California’s Food System
Lately when I go to the fish counter at my local market, I’m overwhelmed trying to determine the most sustainable options for salmon, especially with all the conflicting messages out there about farmed and wild-caught. Farmed salmon live in contained waters with no connection to their natural environment. On the other hand, wild-caught salmon spend … Continue reading Can California Save Its Salmon?
The newly formed and already much discussed U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance recently commissioned a national survey. It showed that slightly more American’s feel the food system is headed in the wrong direction (42%) than think it is headed in the right one (39%). Nineteen percent don’t know. Results also showed that consumers want more … Continue reading US Farmers And Ranchers Begin With A Monologue While Consumers Want A Dialogue
The last eight months of this year have been harsh to say the least for farmers. Some parts of the country have experienced flooding, extreme drought and frost that caused irreversible damages to livestock and crops. Not only is farming arduous, risky and costly, but in addition, many producers must find ways to adapt to … Continue reading Farmers Adapt to Climate Change
I read a fantastic piece in The New York Times about Ntsiki Biyela, “South Africa’s Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2009” who is with Stellekaya, a boutique winery in Stellenbosch, the Sonoma of South Africa. She was born and raised in a small village, but lives and works in the modern agricultural economy. My … Continue reading The Me or the We, a Golden Mean Required
As reported on August 18, by California Farmer, two university scientists, Alison L. Van Eenennaam of UC Davis and William M. Muir of Purdue, have criticized the federal government’s process for approving genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals. Their commentary published on August 5th, in the online version of Nature Biotechnology, focused specifically on “the … Continue reading The Struggle Over Genetic Engineering and the Food Supply
As summer draws to an end, Roots of Change (ROC) wanted to know what were this summer’s top five sustainable food books to read.&nbs p; In a recent Facebook poll, ROC asked its followers to vote and tell us which books made their summer list. Below are the results. 1. Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook Tomatoland … Continue reading Summer’s Top 5 Sustainable Food Books
Could you take a few minutes to tell us what food and farming issues you care most about? Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool. Don't worry, this survey is anonymous, so we can't link your answers to your personal information. We think you'll find it interesting and … Continue reading Which Issues Matter to You?
For those of us in California this summer may have been filled with great weather conditions. Unfortunately, this is not the case across most of the U.S where many places experienced record high temperatures. These high temperatures not only pose a serious threat to humans, but greatly affect agriculture and livestock. During hot times most … Continue reading Extreme Heat Poses Serious Threat to Ag