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The Los Angeles Food Policy Council: A model for the nation

June 25, 2019 Michael R. Dimock

More than at the state level, and certainly more than at the federal level these days, food activists have traction in cities and counties. They are making good things happen. The best example I can think of is the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. On Thursday, June 21st, the summer solstice, I travelled to LA […]

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ROC and Grassroots Allies Help Move Transformative Bill Forward

April 10, 2019 Roots of Change

Roots of Change Reaction to the April 9, 2019 Historic Vote in the Assembly Health Committee to Make California Healthy with A 2-cent tax on sugary drinks. We are a long way from the finish line, but the California Assembly Health Committee made a historic first step by advancing Assembly Bill (AB) 138, the California […]

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4 Minutes on Healthy Food and Farming: Food is the Basis to our Health

April 2, 2019 Michael R. Dimock

This is Flipping the Table and I am Michael Reid Dimock with four minutes on Healthy Food and Farming. Food is pleasure. Food is culture. Food is nutrition, the basis of our health. And that is my focus today. Our nation has a malnutrition challenge. There is a two headed monster running amuck. One is […]

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3 Minutes on the Food Movement: Progress is Evident

March 19, 2019 Michael R. Dimock

This is Michael Reid Dimock with three minutes on the food movement, a series within the weekly podcast, Flipping the Table, sponsored by Roots of Change and the Public Health Institute. Changing a way of thinking that shapes a culture is hard, no matter the scale. That is the case with the good food movement, […]

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4 Minutes on Healthy Food and Farming: Agriculture as a Solution to Climate Chaos

March 5, 2019 Michael R. Dimock

This is Flipping the Table and I am Michael Reid Dimock with four minutes on Healthy Food and Farming. I live in Sonoma County, 45 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the last 18 months I have lived through three natural disasters that have intensified my passion for healthy food and farming. In […]

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The Green New Deal: 3 minutes on the Food Movement

February 19, 2019 Michael R. Dimock

On February 7th, members of Congress introduced a bold Resolution outlining a Green New Deal meant to align Americans who feel the need for a transformative political shift. It calls for serious public investments in renewable energy and offers critical goals for food and agriculture, goals long sought by the good food movement. The Green […]

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Monocultures & Antibiotics: 4 Minutes on Healthy Food and Farming

February 12, 2019 Michael R. Dimock

I recently read a story in Civil Eats about the state of Florida’s battle with Citrus Greening disease. It’s a tree killer, spread by a bug called the Asian citrus psyllid. Florida’s battle highlights the wicked problems created by monoculture. Monoculture simply means the mass planting or raising of one genetically identical species, plant or […]

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Fixing the Root System of Civilization: 3 Minutes on the Food Movement

January 30, 2019 Michael R. Dimock

Blog Post: Based on the January 2019 Podcast: Power: it’s a loaded word. It creates fear in some, hunger in others. But what is it and why is it needed by the good food movement? I will be exploring its meaning and importance in very brief podcasts each month this year in the hopes of […]

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A California Farm Bill for Our Future

April 26, 2018 Roots of Change

Assemblymember Anna Caballero (Salinas), Chairs of the Assembly Ag Committee, has introduced AB 2166, entitled the California Farm Bill. A stunning bill, it marks the first introduction of an omnibus bill (one that contains multiple provisions) for agriculture. It promotes agricultural technology to meet 21st century challenges related to labor shortages, workforce development, global warming […]

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Roots of Change president, Michael R. Dimock, shared his concerns about GMOs at the 2018 SXSW event in Austin

March 14, 2018 Michael R. Dimock

Opening Remarks of Michael R. Dimock, President, Roots of Change SXSW Panel GMO 2.0 Beyond Monsanto There has been a powerful rejection of GMOs by millions of people for legitimate reasons, many of which have nothing to do with the safety of the food. I have two basic points. One related to the social context […]

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