Jan 14 2011
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Important News -Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Karen Ross as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). She has been Chief of Staff with the United States Department of Agriculture since 2010. As President of Roots of Change (ROC), I am excited for Ross’ appointment as Secretary since she has done so much to promote and support an agriculture and food system that is economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.

Oct 9 2010
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Wow, so this is so exciting for me and for the ROC team. By team I mean the Council, the Staff and our group of consultants. This event culminates years of work, four years really. I want them all to stand so that you know who you should complain to if it’s not going well. No actually, I want you to see a very intelligent, hard working, collaborative, communicative bunch, a crack team. It is a small team given the mission, but a lot gets done.

Oct 4 2010
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I was invited by Bon Appétit Management Company to attend a special dinner for their national Eat Local Challenge...

Sep 24 2010
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There are big changes in food and farming happening at the highest levels of California government ...

Jun 15 2010
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Michael Pollan’s latest article, “The Food Movement, Rising” in the New York Review of Books, is well worth careful reading...

Apr 6 2010

The Agriculture Committee of the US Senate has taken a first big step forward toward President Obama’s call for improved child nutrition by requesting an additional $450 million per year to fund better school lunch.

Jan 8 2010

ROC President, Michael Dimock, joined former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman and Texas State University food system researcher and author, Dr. Jimmy McWillams, on a panel for the Farm Foundation's Agriculture Roundtable on January 8th in San Antonio, Texas.

Oct 12 2009
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Late last week mass media woke up to a core challenge of civilization: providing sufficient nitrogen to feed plants without exacerbating climate change and water degradation in a world going from 6 to 9 billion souls.

Sep 30 2009

The Urban-Rural Roundtable Initiative: A Path to Greater Urban Understanding of Agriculture, Food Systems and True Sustainability

Sep 15 2009

I wanted to share my impressions from the second California Ag Vision process meeting held on Tuesday, September 15th. The first was held in early August. This is the stakeholder consensus building process involving approximately 100 leaders initiated by Secretary of Food and Agriculture, AG Kawamura, and the State Board of Food and Agriculture. The goal is to provide policy recommendations for the Governor that will ensure the food and agriculture system in the state is sustainable by 2030.

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