A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur aGenius Awarda winner points the way to building a new food system that can feedaand healabroken communities. The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter a Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukeeas largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents. In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the countryas preeminent urban farmaa food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allenas organization helps develop community food systems across the country. An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Willas personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Willas personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.
|Title||:||The Good Food Revolution|
|Publisher||:||Penguin - 2012-05-10|