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Please Think of Us in This Season of Giving

November 16, 2022 Roots of Change

­­­­­I recently reviewed my Facebook posts from the beginning of the Trump era in late 2016. I was struck by two things. First, the movement to create a just, healthy […]

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On Bias and Rationality

November 13, 2022 Roots of Change

Guest blog by Maureen McGuire, CEO, Farm Bureau of Ventura County. Published with permission.  Instead of the typical motivational poster, I have an infographic of 188 cognitive biases hanging on […]

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Success All Around in California’s Budget and Promising Developments in DC

October 11, 2022 Roots of Change

Extreme drought, heat, fire, superstorms and malnutrition abound. Luckily governments at all levels are slowly building up steam to address these threats born of climate change, racism and poverty. I […]

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Governor Newsom Again Fails to Support the Health Equity & Racial Justice Fund

June 30, 2022 Roots of Change

For a second consecutive year, Governor Newsom has declined to invest in a Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund to support transformative community-driven change to reduce health inequities and advance […]

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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 […]

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

Roots of Change

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 […]

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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 […]

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Let’s Feed LA: emergency food relief reveals the power of collaboration

March 20, 2021 Michael R. Dimock

At about the time the pandemic hit in March 2020, ROC had entered a partnership with Wholesome Wave to aid them in bringing a new nutrition incentive technology to under-resourced […]

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A Resilient and Equitable Food and Farming System in California

March 17, 2021 Roots of Change

Today, Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D- Hollister) made an exciting announcement about a bill he just introduced called the Equitable Economic Recovery, Healthy Food Access, Climate Resilient Farms and Worker Protection […]

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Assessing 2020 and Looking Ahead

December 23, 2020 Roots of Change

Remarkably, the pandemic’s forced isolation has had a silver lining! I sense that as a nation we are quieter, less peripatetic, more rooted in our communities. I see more reflectiveness, […]

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