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Michael Dimock, MA

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.

Food Movement Power in California as a Catalyst for Food Movement Success Nationally

To continue accelerating policy change momentum in California and model an approach to food movement victory for the nation, Roots of Change will catalyze, coordinate and support action by the networks of allies it has cultivated over ten years, with the emphasis on advising and coordinating.

California Food Policy Council 2016 Report on Legislation Related to Food and Farming & 2016 California Food and Agriculture Legislator Scorecard (2016)

Now that 2016 is winding down, in what ways has California advanced good farm and food policies, and where are there still areas for improvement? W...

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Farm To Table Talk with Michael Dimock (2016)

Michael Dimock, MA, director of PHI's Roots of Change, joins Rodger Wasson, a podcaster and food and agriculture reporter for this conversation...

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Podcast: Sacramento Foodtank Summit with Michael Dimock (2016)

Featured on Insight with Beth Ruyak, Michael Dimock is the President of PHI's Roots of Change and dedicated to advancing the slow food mov...

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The 2015 California Food Policy Council Report on Legislation Related to Food and Farming (2015)

The 2015 CAFPC Report on Legislation Related to Food and Farming, released by the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) and Ro...

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2013 Report on California Legislation Related to Food and Farming (2014)

PHI's Roots of Change and the California Food Policy Council for the first time track food and farm policy voting records by the Californi...

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Coalition & Network Building

Building strong coalitions and networks is essential to solving today’s pressing public health issues. The Public Health Institute (PHI) can ...

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Food Security

Obesity and diet-related chronic diseases have become severe economic and health threats to both adults and children—increasing the costs of ...

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Nutrition & Diet

The Public Health Institute views nutrition and diet as fundamental building blocks to good health. We are committed to reducing obesity and improv...

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Obesity Prevention

The obesity epidemic is a growing threat to our nation's long-term health, with communities of color and low-income populations disproportionat...

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Public Policy Advocacy

With experience across a range of policy areas and issues, combined with our strong record working side-by-side with business, government, and comm...

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Public Policy Development

The Public Health Institute believes in the importance of research- and community-based approaches to policy development. PHI produces forward...

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