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Opinion: California Must Step Up to Address Racism as a Public Health Crisis

January 18, 2022 Roots of Change

Governor Gavin Newsom and other California lawmakers took an important step toward improved public safety and racial justice this fall by passing the CRISES Act to fund community-based emergency response programs. Police violence disproportionately victimizes people experiencing mental health or substance use crises. Solutions such as the CRISES Act provide funding to community groups to […]

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California, keep funding every part of public health

December 16, 2021 Roots of Change

By Assemblymember Jim Wood, and Genoveva Islas, Special to CalMatters and executive director of Cultiva la Salud. State leaders should keep their promise and continue to support organizations that play a critical role in public health. When Cultiva La Salud partnered with Saint Agnes Medical Center to deliver vaccines to farm laborers in rural Fresno County […]

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Commentary: Secretary Vilsack, don’t invest in a broken system

November 3, 2021 Roots of Change

By Greg Gunthorp. I own a small on-farm USDA inspected red meat and poultry slaughter and processing plant. Each year, we raise, process and market as much as a million pounds of pastured pork and poultry. As a small processor, a current and past member of USDA advisory committees, and as an industry advocate, I […]

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Guest column: Resilience for farmworkers and farms key to Ventura County’s future

Roots of Change

The warming climate is bad news for all of us. In Ventura County, however, few are as vulnerable to its dangers as farmers and farmworkers. The reason is pretty simple. With few exceptions, farming takes place outdoors. And although there are many agricultural jobs inside packing and processing facilities, greenhouses and industrial settings, most agricultural […]

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California Meat Processing Progress: Time for Change!

September 15, 2021 Roots of Change

In another key accomplishment this year, ROC worked with UC Davis Food Systems Lab and a coalition of stakeholders, co-led by our ally CCOF, to produce this white paper related to the challenges and opportunities in the small- and mid-scale supply chain for high quality, healthy meat and poultry. Our report is out and having […]

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We are transforming the food system: $1.3 billion in the CA budget!

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It takes a movement to transform the food system and ours leaped forward this year. ROC and our AB 125 coalition partners worked closely with Assembly Ag Committee Chair, Robert Rivas (Salinas) to drive home a historic budget request. The list of programs that will be funded by the $1.3 billion in the 2021-22 budget […]

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Progress, Never Perfection: Preliminary Results from Our California Budget Work

July 2, 2021 Roots of Change

Wow, our fingers are crossed for even more good news. There are a huge number of unknowns still related to our sustainable agriculture requests. There is more clarity around healthy food access. Our hope for $100 million annually for grants to community-level projects via a Healthy Equity and Racial Justice Fund got zeroed out for […]

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