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"Good Food Revolution"
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
Will Allen, founder and executive director, Growing Power, Milwaukee
Named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2010, Will Allen was awarded the 2008 MacArthur Genius Fellowship for his efforts to promote sustainable farming methods in low-income neighborhoods. With more than 50 years of experience in farming, marketing and distributing food, today he shares his knowledge with youth, adults, community groups, migrants, farmers and consumers. Allen will discuss his belief that food is the cornerstone of healthy communities and that we have a responsibility to pass our knowledge to youth and adults about sustainable food systems. He was honored in 2005 with the Ford Foundation's "Leadership for a Changing World Award," and is a featured speaker on Food Systems worldwide. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and in February 2010 was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching "Let's Move!" her program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity.