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California could make food more affordable and help farmers; here’s how

May 22, 2018 Roots of Change

In the coming days, our Legislature has the opportunity to pass a budget that would reduce hunger, improve health and support California agriculture. Assembly member Phil Ting and state Sen. Scott Wiener, both Democrats from San Francisco, each have put forward budget proposals that would dedicate state funds — in a year in which we […]

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A California Farm Bill for Our Future

April 26, 2018 Roots of Change

Assemblymember Anna Caballero (Salinas), Chairs of the Assembly Ag Committee, has introduced AB 2166, entitled the California Farm Bill. A stunning bill, it marks the first introduction of an omnibus bill (one that contains multiple provisions) for agriculture. It promotes agricultural technology to meet 21st century challenges related to labor shortages, workforce development, global warming […]

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Interview with Michael R. Dimock by Capital Public Radio

February 1, 2018 Roots of Change

Farmers Can Put Themselves On The Map If They Complete The U.S. Agriculture Census By February 5 The USDA Census of Agriculture is a giant data-gathering effort that happens once every five years. It collects information about who’s growing what, how much and where. The census also tracks the age and gender of farmers, and whether they are veterans. (Farmers, […]

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A nutrition program California should stop starving now

June 3, 2016 Roots of Change

Last year, California passed a modest bill that should have been a no-brainer. The California Nutrition Incentives Act set up a program to discount fruits and vegetables for CalFresh shoppers at farmers markets and farm stands. Like the wholesome produce it was aimed at, the new program had ridiculous upsides: Healthier food for low-income families. […]

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