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The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

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ISBN13: 9781592407606
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A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur Genius Award-Winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed — and heal — 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 & Gamble, he cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot just outside Milwaukee's largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of locals.

Despite financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country's preeminent urban farm — a food and educational center that now produces enough produce and fish year-round to feed thousands. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power shows how local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen's organization helps develop community food systems across the country.

An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will's personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

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"From the plots of his Milwaukee urban farm to low-income communities across America, Will Allen has shown us a new type of heroism. Through The Good Food Revolution, Allen recounts his effort to reclaim his family's heritage and, in doing so, confront lingering disparities in racial and economic justice. As the champion of a new and promising movement, Allen is skillfully leading Americans to face one of our greatest domestic issues — our health." Former President Bill Clinton

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"Will Allen's remarkable story, told with eloquence and compassion, conveys the universal value of social justice and real food." Alice Waters

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"Far more than a book about food, The Good Food Revolution captivates your heart and mind with the sheer passion of compelling and righteous innovation. Wow!" Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm

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"Will Allen is a hero and an inspiration to urban farmers everywhere. Now, with The Good Food Revolution, we learn how Allen rediscovered the power of agriculture, and in doing so transformed a city, its community, and eventually the world — with the help of millions of red wiggler worms. Told with grace and utter honesty, I found myself cheering for Allen and his organization, Growing Power." Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City and The Essential Urban Farmer

About the Author

After retiring from professional basketball and executive positions at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Will Allen became the CEO of Growing Power. He lives in Milwaukee. Charles Wilson is a journalist and the coauthor with Eric Schlosser of the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food.

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Leathersammie, July 21, 2013 (view all comments by Leathersammie)
Great ideas for showing people we are all in this together and we all need to fight against the incursion of GMO foods which are technically listed as "pesticides".
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Great ideas for showing people we are all in this together and we all need to fight against the incursion of GMO foods which are technically listed as "pesticides".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781592407606
Author:
Allen, Will
Publisher:
Gotham Books
Subject:
Agriculture - Agronomy
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Chapter opener photos
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.05 x 5.36 x 0.79 in 0.64 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "From the plots of his Milwaukee urban farm to low-income communities across America, Will Allen has shown us a new type of heroism. Through The Good Food Revolution, Allen recounts his effort to reclaim his family's heritage and, in doing so, confront lingering disparities in racial and economic justice. As the champion of a new and promising movement, Allen is skillfully leading Americans to face one of our greatest domestic issues — our health."
"Review" by , "Will Allen's remarkable story, told with eloquence and compassion, conveys the universal value of social justice and real food."
"Review" by , "Far more than a book about food, The Good Food Revolution captivates your heart and mind with the sheer passion of compelling and righteous innovation. Wow!"
"Review" by , "Will Allen is a hero and an inspiration to urban farmers everywhere. Now, with The Good Food Revolution, we learn how Allen rediscovered the power of agriculture, and in doing so transformed a city, its community, and eventually the world — with the help of millions of red wiggler worms. Told with grace and utter honesty, I found myself cheering for Allen and his organization, Growing Power."
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