Urban Farming and the Future of American Food

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Can First Lady Michelle Obama help America become a cultural haven for healthy food lovers? The first lady announced her fight against childhood obesity at the White House yesterday. Will Allen, urban farmer and CEO of Milwaukee based Growing Power believes that urban farms can help in the effort to create a healthier nation.

Allen says we have to stop talking about the drawbacks of big agro business and start growing food that our grandmothers would recognize.

Guests:

Will Allen

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

ODH Rehen from Manhattan

Will Allen's urban farming initiative inspired me. As ex-Peace Corps, I've worked with the urban poor. Recently I collaborated with an NGO in Buenos Aires that started a worm farm, sucessfully employing a significant number of the urban poor in the project. In an age where "eat local" has become a catch word, where unemployment is a serious challenge and where properties in many urban areas are simply going to waste and ruin, both personal and commercial urban farming seem positive initiatives worthy of our close attention. Is USDA or the private sector on board with financing such projects? Thank you Will Allen and Jen Poyant for that worthwhile segment.

Feb. 10 2010 01:14 PM
Jon Allen from Boston, MA

As a graduate student at Tufts University, I conducted an experiment in Aquaculture: an indoor, apartment-scale fish farm/solarium garden. I did not get the space I was initially promise, so I set up in a friend's apartment. What I learned from the experience is that 4 100 gallon aquariums filtered with a 16 foot long aquaculture trough can be quite productive, given a good south exposure. This was back in 1978, and I was inspired directly by the New Alchemy Institute of Falmouth, MA, whose original concept was to refine an apartment scale fish farm.

Feb. 10 2010 11:45 AM

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