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

By Will Allen

A pioneering city farmer and MacArthur Genius Award-Winner issues the right way to construction a brand new meals approach that could feed- and heal- groups.

The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no goal of ever changing into a farmer himself. yet after years in specialist basketball and as an govt for Kentucky Fried bird and Procter & Gamble, he cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot simply outdoor Milwaukee's greatest public housing venture. the realm was once a nutrition wilderness with merely comfort shops and fast-food eating places to serve the desires of locals.

Despite monetary demanding situations and daunting odds, Allen outfitted the country's preeminent city farm-a meals and academic middle that now produces adequate produce and fish year-round to feed hundreds of thousands. using teens from the neighboring housing undertaking and neighborhood, becoming energy indicates how neighborhood nutrients structures will help afflicted youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, carry city and rural groups nearer jointly, and increase public future health. this day, Allen's association is helping strengthen neighborhood nutrients platforms around the state.

An eco-classic within the making, The strong nutrition Revolution is the tale of Will's own trip, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots circulate that's altering the way in which our kingdom eats.

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