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AB 2385 – Update

May 27, 2014 Michael R. Dimock

We are disappointed to report that the Assembly Appropriations held AB 2385 (Market Match Incentive Program) in committee last Friday, the 23rd, effectively killing the bill for the 2013-14 session. AB 2385 and 1961 (farmland protection) were two of the food system bills stopped by the Committee. This is a step back and confirms the […]

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Bittman piece sparks a clash of opinion and that is a good thing!

May 14, 2014 Michael R. Dimock

Mark Bittman’s May 6, 2014, column, “Leave ‘Organic’ Out of It” has sparked a vigorous debate among food movement members across the nation. ROC has been called out by many faithful allies and supporters, asking us to reconsider our Facebook post that stated, “Sure to spark debate, Mark Bittman takes on the food movement’s mistaken […]

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Meet Justin Rausa, ROC’s new Policy Director

May 7, 2014 Roots of Change

You just returned from the Philippines. What was the inspiration for your trip? My younger brother graduated from nursing school with his BSN from UERM, so it was a big family celebration. It also served as a postponed honeymoon for my wife and me! Who in your family has influenced you most in your work […]

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Testimony on AB 2385, Market Match Nutrition Incentive Program Bill

April 30, 2014 Michael R. Dimock

Thank you Chairwoman Eggman and esteemed members of the Committee. I am Michael Dimock, president of Roots of Change. Roots of Change, a think and do tank committed to the future of California Agriculture and the backbone organization supporting the California Food Policy Council, is enthused to support AB 2385 because this bill confirms our […]

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Help ROC Pass AB 2385, the Market Match Nutition Incentives Program

April 14, 2014 Roots of Change

Watch this page for progress reports and calls to action. With your help we surpassed our goal and generated over 60 letters of support to the California Assembly Committee on Agriculture for AB 2385 by our deadline of April 22, 2014. Thank you!!! The Committee hearing for the bill will be on April 30th in the […]

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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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On the Front Burner: CA Food & Farming Legislation

January 22, 2014 Michael R. Dimock

On January 8, 2014, the growing food movement achieved an important milestone. The California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) released its first report to evaluate California’s legislative record related to food and farms. It is the first state-policy-focused analysis of legislative votesin the nation. This action in California is sure to be followed by similar action […]

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