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Biography

Michael R. Dimock, president of Roots of Change Fund (ROC), is a national food movement organizer and thought leader on food and farming systems needed for the 21st century. ROC is developing roadmaps to strategic coordination and campaign victory for the California food movement with a specific focus on supporting development of the California Food Policy Council. Michael has focused on agriculture and food since 1989. He was a marketing executive in Europe for agribusiness, farmed organically for three years in Sonoma County, and in 1992 founded Ag Innovations Network, where he began his work on consensus building and strategic planning to create healthier food and agriculture. From 2002 to 2007, he was chairman of Slow Food USA and a member of Slow Food International’s board of directors. Author Katrina Fried, and photographer Paul Mobley feature Michael in their latest book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing The World, published in October 2012. Michael’s love for food systems grew from experience on an 11,000-acre cattle ranch in Santa Clara County in the late 1960s and a development project with Himalayan subsistence farmers in Nepal in the late 70s. In the 1980s, he worked in television and documentary film production and was a campaign worker for California Governor Jerry Brown. Michael received a BA in history with honors at UCLA in 1983 and a master's in international affairs at Columbia University in 1988.

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