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Climate-Smart Agriculture & Food System Investments Secured in Climate Bond

July 12, 2024 Roots of Change

After months of intense climate bond negotiations, on July 3, the legislature passed – with bipartisan support – the Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparedness, and Clean Air Bond […]

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Why I am Optimistic About Our Future

August 23, 2023 Michael R. Dimock

As I look back over the last 30 years of the good food movement I am convinced that I have seen more advances or victories since 2019 than in all […]

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Robert Rivas Sworn in as the 71st Speaker of the California State Assembly: Championing Agricultural Climate Resilience and Justice

June 30, 2023 Roots of Change

Guest blog by Jamie Fanous, Policy Director, Community Alliance with Family Farmers Today Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) will be sworn in as the 71st Speaker of the California State Assembly. First […]

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Budget Updates (May Revision)

May 21, 2023 Roots of Change

by Lesley Kroupa, JD, MS, RD, ROC’s Policy Specialist On May 12, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom released his May Revision proposal for the FY 23-24 state budget. This amends his […]

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A Season of Change

April 12, 2023 Roots of Change

Spring is a time of new beginnings. This spring is particularly full of new developments in the world of food and farming. I begin this post with a quote from […]

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The Unaddressed Crisis in Agriculture

February 14, 2023 Roots of Change

Neither the media nor policymakers are sufficiently focused on an existential crisis in American agriculture. Farmers and ranchers are an endangered species. As we do for wolves, salmon and whales, […]

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ROC Celebrates 20 Years of Growing the Good Food Movement & Making Change, 2002-2022

December 21, 2022 Roots of Change

The final Pulse and Flipping the Table podcast of 2022 look back on what the ROC team has learned about movement building to make change. Twenty years is a long […]

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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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