ROC and ROC Projects in the News

ROC in print and on radio, TV, and the web.

Hyper-local markets provide big economic boost

December 27, 2011 Roots of Change

Local specialty grocery store is fueling the neighborhood's economy, not just by bringing other businesses to the street but by supporting other Bay Area companies.

For One Ala. Farmer, Workers Are Still Scarce

December 25, 2011 Roots of Change

Now, as the planting season nears for next year's crop, some farmers are worried they won't have enough workers due to Alabama's tough immigration law passed earlier in the year.

Putting Farmland On A Fertilizer Diet

December 14, 2011 Roots of Change

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a document yesterday that got no attention on the nightly news, or almost anywhere, really. Its title, I'm sure you'll agree, is a snooze: National Nutrient Management Standard.

Fighting Childhood Obesity: It’s A Family Affair

November 28, 2011 Roots of Change

With more and more children in the U.S. becoming overweight, many parents are wondering how to talk to their children about weight. The Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program for families is remarkably straightforward and successful.

Livestock brings jobs to California

November 23, 2011 Roots of Change

New report finds that more than 100,000 California jobs are tied to animal agriculture.

Baltimore’s can-do approach to food justice

November 21, 2011 Roots of Change

Cities all over the country are addressing the lack of access to fresh and healthy food on the part of their residents, but few are in as much of a bind as Baltimore.

A new generation of farmers emerges

November 19, 2011 Roots of Change

New farmers nonetheless face hurdles, the main one being access to affordable land and credit. Today’s beginning farmers must overcome competition for land from developers, investors, retirees seeking country retreats and large agricultural businesses.

Yet Again, Organic Ag Proves Just as Productive as Chemical Ag

November 17, 2011 Roots of Change

It turns out, when you actually compare chemical-intensive and organic farming in the field, organic proves just as productive in terms of gross yield—and brings many other advantages to the table as well.

When Ozone Drops, Farm Workers Step Up the Pace

November 9, 2011 Roots of Change

Opponents of stricter regulation of air pollution typically argue that jobs would be lost if the federal government tightened limits on industrial emissions of ozone. A new study presents a counterpoint: lower ozone levels seem to increase worker productivity.

In Iowa, some farmers see changing climate

November 2, 2011 Roots of Change

Running a successful farm business relies on hard work, good soil and seeds and, most of all, weather. So it makes sense that many farmers have real concerns about climate change.