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The first and only conference dedicated to building the Internet of Food.
This year’s themes:
Collecting global generational food wisdom at scale.
Sustainability: Innovation: Discovery
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Michael Dimock

Roots of Change
President
Michael is internationally recognized as a thought leader, organizer, and advocate for transformation of food and farming systems. His opinion editorials have been published in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Slow Food International publications. He is a regular contributor to the blog sites Civil Eats and Huffington Post. He has been leading Roots of Change since 2006. Michael began his agriculture and food career as a marketing executive in Europe for a California-based agribusiness company. In 1992, he founded Ag Innovations Network where he began his work on community consensus building and strategic planning for healthier food and agriculture. He pioneered regional and environmental branding programs in California and Western Australia. Michael sat on the board of Community Alliance with Family Farmers and served as its chairman in 1994-95. In 1996, he founded Slow Food Russian River, which is among the nation’s most active and influential Slow Food chapters, doing pioneering work on heirloom and heritage breed protection, grass-fed beef promotion, community support for school gardens, and local food systems development. In 2000, he became the first California Governor of Slow Food USA. In 2001, Michael graduated from the California Ag Leadership program, Class XXXI, the nation’s most respected leadership development program in the agricultural field. From 2002 to 2007, he was Chairman of Slow Food USA and a member of Slow Food International’s board of directors where he worked with founder Carlo Petrini on international strategy and was instrumental in organizing the USA’s first delegation to Terra Madre in 2004. Michael’s love for food systems grew from his 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. He holds a BA with honors in History from UCLA and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.

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