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Happy New Year! A Brief Report on Our Work

January 6, 2020 Roots of Change

Below are brief recaps for our 2019 work as well as what we see for 2020.  Fostering Many Dialogues Dialogues are conversations in which people think together to derive more understanding and conviction and they are the center of our Flipping the Table podcast. I have wonderful memories of podcasts with many powerful leaders. If […]

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ASI at UC Davis partners with Roots of Change to Magnify Voices for Climate Smart Agriculture

November 25, 2019 Roots of Change

Guest blog by ASI (Image: Climate-smart farmers, advocates and scientists dialog on the future). California’s rural communities face immense pressure from climate change and the environmental challenges inherent to agriculture. But the people living and working in these vulnerable communities aren’t often invited to the table when research and policy agendas are being set. We […]

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Giving Thanks

Michael R. Dimock

Image: Ali Ghiorse (Left) and Rachel Khanna, hosts of Creative Conversations. I am back in California after three weeks on the road. I traveled to southern Baja in Mexico to rest with three friends, then to New York and Connecticut to record eight podcasts for season two of Flipping the Table. In each place, I […]

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Michael’s Final Thoughts Coming Out of Slow Food Nations in Denver

August 6, 2019 Roots of Change

July 18-20, 2019 I wanted to offer some final thoughts related to Slow Food, following the trip I took to Denver for the 3rd Annual Slow Food Nations event in Denver, Colorado. First some context: I became a dues-paying member of Slow Food in the mid 1990s and remain one to this day. In 1997, […]

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Rice and Wine Creating a Great Blend for California’s Ecosystem

July 8, 2019 Michael R. Dimock

One might not typically put rice and wine together in their minds. Rice and beer or wine and pasta would be less surprising. But that’s if you are thinking about your next meal. If you are considering the ecological activities of farmers, rice and wine blend nicely. In California, there are no crops that have […]

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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 Michael R. Dimock

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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