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Your voice makes a difference: ENACT 2015

May 13, 2015 Michael R. Dimock

Your voice matters in policymaking, but you can’t be heard unless you speak up! We invite you to join others who are asking the state Legislature to create a statewide Nutrition Incentive Matching Grant Program through this action alert. We need as many Californians to email in their support by May 22nd, so share it […]

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Coming Together in the San Joaquin Valley

Roots of Change

by Holly Calhoun, Roots of Change. April 30, 2015 – “We are all in this together” Chukou Thao said acknowledging the various groups in the room at the Nation Hmong American Farmers Association Annual Meeting: the Filipino Farmers, African American Farmers, Latino Farmers, Lideras Campesinos, farmers from Laos, the Rural Coalition, and agency partners from […]

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Collective Impact: Case Study of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Good Food Purchasing Policy

April 29, 2015 Roots of Change

By Holly Calhoun, Roots of Change. On Wednesday 4/22/15 the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) bimonthly Network Meeting featured a case study and panel discussion on their Good Food Purchasing Policy, “From Working Group to Good Food Policy: Collective Impact in Action.” The Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP) was born out of a working […]

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Earth Day Begins with the Soil

April 22, 2015 Roots of Change

Photo source: biocycle.net Earth Day is about saving the earth. But this Earth Day the future could seem a bit bleak. Global warming – with its epic California drought – and the collapse of Honey Bee populations are two of many serious environmental crises before us. But in both of these challenges ROC sees opportunity […]

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Food movement has a role in tackling drought and climate change

April 9, 2015 Michael R. Dimock

The drought is terrifying farmers and ranchers. Now is the moment for the food movement to support agriculture and help it move to a new and better place. You cannot hurt people when they are down and expect good results. If we bash farmers now it will make matters worse and potentially slow our progress […]

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An Awesome, Under-Recognized Opportunity to Act on Climate

March 20, 2015 Roots of Change

By Diana Donlon. As a plant-lover I’ve always appreciated healthy soil, but it wasn’t until I heard a rancher named Richard King explain how rebuilding the organic matter in soils has the potential to store tons of atmospheric carbon that I got true religion. “You should do a TED Talk,” I gushed after his workshop […]

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Food Movement Gains Ground Despite Resistance

March 12, 2015 Michael R. Dimock

There are many signs that the food movement is having its intended impact AND we have much more to do to achieve a healthy, equitable and resilient food system. You may have heard that the Hersey’s Chocolate Company rejected GMOs and its Kisses will soon be free of genetically engineered ingredients. This is notable because […]

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Assembly Budget Sub-Committee #1 Testimony by Justin Rausa

February 25, 2015 Michael R. Dimock

On February 25, 2015, ROC’s policy director, Justin Rausa, delivered to the California Assembly Health & Human Services Budget Subcommittee, a request for authorization of $5 million annually to fund a statewide nutrition incentive grant program. The program would help farmers markets, farm stands, CSAs and small locally owned retailers provide match funds to SNAP, […]

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Market Match: Making California’s Farmers’ Markets Accessible

December 12, 2014 Roots of Change

Civil Eats: When Allison Miller lost her job as a server at a restaurant that closed last summer, she wasn’t sure how she would make ends meet while living in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the country. Surviving on unemployment benefits, she was able to qualify for CalFresh, funded through the federal […]

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The Real Politics of Food: The Nation Awakens

November 16, 2014 Michael R. Dimock

As we head into the Thanksgiving season, the continuing momentum of the food movement across the nation is clearly visible. And for that I am grateful. I believe that 2014 will be seen as the year that the food movement demonstrated its capacity to become deeply political. The first weeks of November have been telling […]

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