The Vivid Picture project team's final narrative was informed by a rich body of research commissioned for the Vivid Picture project. These reports are available below.
The following has the list of goals for a sustainable food system that the Roots of Change Council has identified as defining a Vivid Picture for a sustainable food and farming system in California.
The following reports were commissioned for the Vivid Picture Project.
1. Sustainable Food Systems: Working Towards a Fundamental Solution. October 2005. Howard Silverman, Ecotrust. Advisors: Eileen Brady, Ecotrust, Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center.
436k PDF, link: 1_Sustainable_Food_Systems.pdf
2. What Values Influence Stakeholder Perceptions of a Sustainable Food and Farming Industry for California? October 2005. Celeste LeCompte, Ecotrust. Principal Investigator: Eileen Brady, Ecotrust.
656k PDF, link: 2_What_Values.pdf
3. The California Food System in Numbers. November 2004. Compiled by Andrea Hildebrand.
168k PDF, link: 3_CA_Food_System_in_Numbers.pdf
4. Current Issues and Trends Connected to the Vivid Picture Goals for a Sustainable Food System. December 2004. Katy Mamen, consultant, formerly of the International Society for Ecology and Culture. Much of the content of this paper drawn from Ripe for Change: Rethinking California’s Food Economy (2004), by Katy Mamen, Steven Gorelick, Helena Norberg-Hodge and Diana Deumling.
1.6mb PDF, link: 4_Current Trends_and_Bkgd_Info.pdf
5. Finding Food in California: Local Gains, Systemic Losses. December 2004. Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center.
1.1mb PDF, link: 5_Finding_Food_in_California.pdf
6. Farm and Food Economy Profiles for Selected Regions of California. December 2004. Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center.
616k PDF, link: 6_Food_Farm_Economy_Profiles.pdf
7. The Impact of Population Shifts on the Food System in California in 2030. March 2005. Celeste LeCompte, Ecotrust. Advisor: Analisa Gunnell. Editorial assistance: Eileen Brady, Ecotrust.
546k PDF, link: 7_Impact_of Pop_Shifts.pdf
8. Estimating the Spatially Explicit Population Distribution and Urban Area Expansion in California for the Year 2030. October 2005. Mike Mertens, Ecotrust. Editorial Assistance: Howard Silverman, Ecotrust.
1.1mb PDF, link: 8_Est_Spatially_Explicit_Pop_Distrib.pdf
9. Agricultural Lands Available for Production in 2030. October 2005. Analisa Noel Gunnell, Ecotrust. Editorial Assistance: Eileen Brady and Howard Silverman, Ecotrust.
412k PDF, link: 9_Ag_Lands_for_Prod.pdf
10. Agro-ecologic Zone Analysis and Evaluation of Correlated Crops in 2030 in California. October 2005. Mike Mertens, Ecotrust. Editorial assistance: Howard Silverman.
1.3mb PDF, link: 10_Agro_eco_Zones.pdf
11. Interactions of Food System Types in Localized Value Chains in California: Implications for a Sustainable Food System in California in 2030. October 2005. Mike Mertens, Ecotrust. Technical assistance: Carolina Jamillo, Steven McGrath, Ecotrust. Editorial assistance: Howard Silverman, Ecotrust.
1.3mb PDF, link: 11_Interactions_Food_Sys.pdf
12. Food Access in California Today. October 2005. Doe Hatfield, consultant. Principal advisor and editorial assistance: Analisa Gunnell, Ecotrust.
1.4mb PDF, link: 12_Food_Access_in_CA_Today.pdf
13. A New Architecture for the California Food System. January 2005. Jim Cochran, Swanton Berry Farms.
260k PDF, link: 13_A_New_Architecture.pdf
14. Outlining a Change Agenda. October 2005. Christina and Tom Grace, New Territories Research.
1.9mb PDF, link: 14_Outlining_Change_Agenda.pdf
15. Outlining a Change Agenda. October 2005. Jonathon Kaplan, NRDC and Kari Hamerschlag, consultant.
1.0mb PDF, link: 15_Outlining_Change_Agenda.pdf
16. Proposed Indicators for a Sustainable Food System. October 2005. Project Manager: Gail Feenstra, UCSAREP. Principal investigators: Carolina Jaramillo, Steven McGrath, Ken Meter and Analisa Gunnell. Prepared by Katy Mamen, consultant.
4.7mb PDF, link: 16_Proposed_Indicators.pdf
17. Cooperatives, A California Analysis: An Old Structure for a New Economy. October 2005. Lola Milholland, Amherst College. Editorial assistance: Eileen Brady, Ecotrust.
584k PDF, link: 17_Cooperatives_a_CA_Analysis.pdf
18. Laying a Foundation for a Local Food System in California: A Survey of Policy and Legal Impacts. October 2005. Tobin P. Ernst, Willamette University. Editorial Assistance: Eileen Brady.
688k PDF, link: 18_Laying_Foundation.pdf
19. An Assessment of Market Viability for Third-party Certification and Eco-label for California. October 2005. Kari Hamerschlag, consultant.
832k PDF, link: 19_An_Assessment.pdf
20. Summary Input from the ROC Fund Workforce Workgroup. October 2005. Prepared by Marth Guzman and Nicole Mason, Roots of Change Fund.
288k PDF, link: 20_Summary_Input_from_ROCWW.pdf
21. Summary Input from the ROC Fund Sustainable Food Business Leaders. October 2005. Prepared by Jill Kaufman, California Environmental Associates.
244k PDF, link: 21_Summary_Input_from_ROCSFBLW.pdf
22. Historic Trends and Future Opportunities in Commercial Fisheries and Fish Consumption in California. October 2005. Dane Blakely Springmeyer, consultant. Editorial assistance: Mike Mertens, Ecotrust.
868k PDF, link: 22_Marine_Food_Resources.pdf
23. Overview of Processes and Tools Developed in Support of the Quantitative Analysis for the Vivid Picture Project. March 2006. Mike Mertens, Ecotrust.
472k PDF, link: 23_Overview_of_Tools.pdf
All of the papers above were prepared for the Vivid Picture project. While we have confidence in the information reported in these documents, they have not yet been formally peer reviewed. For this information to be credible to stakeholders and to be used as best available science, many of these papers would benefit from formal review and further analytical refinement.
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