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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
Independence Day is right around the corner. This Fourth of July, you can make a deliberate effort to further propel the movement to eat fresh, local and healthy. Roots of Change (ROC) wants to provide you with a few tips on what you can do to celebrate sustainably. Support the Local Food Movement –- … Continue reading Vote With Your Fork
Tweet Testimony before the State Board of Food and Agriculture Regarding 2012 Farm Bill Priorities June 29, 2011 Sacramento, CA Good morning Madam Secretary, President McNamara and Members of the Board. Thank you for inviting me here today to share with you the views of Roots of Change regarding priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill. … Continue reading 2012 Farm Bill Priorities
Tweet Conservation Funding is in Jeopardy — Take Action Now The House of Representatives just passed an agriculture appropriations bill that dramatically and unfairly slashes funding for conservation. Please participate in the National Day of Action on June 28 to protest huge cuts to farm bill conservation programs and prohibitions on support … Continue reading Join the National Day of Action on June 28
Tweet This year’s severe weather conditions posed serious setbacks and challenges for farmers and our environment. Erratic weather conditions and flash floods greatly affected both the environment and farmer livelihoods. Farms were lost to flooding, topsoil was washed away and heavy losses were incurred. Fewer crops were produced, which decreased production yields. This limited food … Continue reading The Link Between Climate Change and Food
The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee recently adopted a government funding bill that if passed would turn back decades of progress to achieve a more sustainable and just food and farming system. This 2012 bill makes a second round of steep cuts to conservation, extension, research, renewable energy, and rural development programs. And just like in … Continue reading Support a Healthy, Just and Sustainable Food and Farming System
Tweet Presentation to the Southern California Public Health Officer Meeting May 11, 2011 The Children’s Bureau, Los Angeles, CA Public health officials from 8 counties and 2 cities in Southern California met to discuss forming a collaborative effort to prevent disease and injury for those they serve. ROC president, Michael R. Dimock, was asked to … Continue reading Health, Food and Reform