Economic Prosperity

Perspectives on 21st Century Agriculture by a Member of the Sustainable Food Movement

March 7, 2014 Michael R. Dimock

Good morning! It is joy to be with you this morning to engage in the most critical issue of our times and the topic of this conference: “Sustainability, the Way Forward.” I am hear to share my perspectives on sustainable food and agriculture. The whole concept of sustainable agriculture and food systems is fluid and […]

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ROC president’s statement on the controversy over the Hulu series “Farmed and Dangerous”

February 22, 2014 Michael R. Dimock

The “Farmed and Dangerous” series now airing on Hulu causes discomfort for many actors seeking changes in food and farming, including ROC. We think this discomfort is a good thing. It causes all those who feel it to deepen their own clarity about their goals and roles. Even more importantly, if this series, produced by […]

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Progress, Not Perfection: A Californian View of the Farm Bill

February 12, 2014 Michael R. Dimock

Much has already been said and written about last week’s passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the Farm Bill. Observers have offered a mix of lamentation and celebration, with weight on the former. Unexpectedly, I am more pleased than put off by the results because I see what may prove to […]

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Report on the CAFPC to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture by Michael R. Dimock, February 4, 2014

February 5, 2014 Michael R. Dimock

Good morning President McNamara and members of the Board. I appreciate the invitation to come share with you an update on the work of Roots of Change, which is now focused on development of theCalifornia Food Policy Council. The Report before you is the first product of that body and is an important indication of […]

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ROC President Calls For A Farm Bill That Clearly Meets Public Needs, National Press Club, Washington DC

November 6, 2013 Michael R. Dimock

The Farm Foundation, a nonpartisan advocate for sound agriculture policy, hosted a Farm Bill Forum at the National Press Club in Washington DC. Former Texas Congressman Charlie Stenholm moderated the panel that included Michael R. Dimock, Joe Outlaw of Texas A&M, Jon Scholl formerly of American Farmland Trust, Helen Jensen of Iowa State and Kip Tom […]

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Assemblymen Roger Dickinson presents resolution to the Sacramento Food System Collaborative

February 20, 2013 Roots of Change

February 15, 2013 — The Sacramento Region Food System Collaborative (FSC) held a regional Food Summit, State of the Regional Food System: Local Innovations. The SFSC sought to: Bring together community stakeholders on a shared vision for agriculture and food. Share a pathway for a sustainable food system through the Sacramento Region Food System Charter. […]

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Support Local Food Today

April 4, 2012 Roots of Change

The Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act is gaining momentum in Congress. This act is being led by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, an ally of Roots of Change (ROC) that is focused on federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture and food systems. This bill creates jobs and spurs economic growth through […]

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It’s Not That It’s Broken

February 17, 2012 Roots of Change

I often hear that our food system is broken. I disagree. It is working the way it was intended, only better. In fact, it is working so well that it has itself become the problem. Our system of subsidies and incentives in food production evolved over decades, but it did so with a very clear […]

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Update: The Food Commons 2.0 lifts off the drawing board

January 20, 2012 Roots of Change

After two years of conceptual designing and planning, the Food Commons has recently published its 2.0 version of its original and boldly ambitious concept paper that was first issued in March of 2010. In the 2.0’s Foreword, Fred Kirschenmann, a member of the Food Commons Coordinating Committee and a Distinguished Fellow of the Iowa State […]

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US Farmers And Ranchers Begin With A Monologue While Consumers Want A Dialogue

September 30, 2011 Michael R. Dimock

The newly formed and already much discussed U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance recently commissioned a national survey. It showed that slightly more American’s feel the food system is headed in the wrong direction (42%) than think it is headed in the right one (39%). Nineteen percent don’t know. Results also showed that consumers want more […]

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