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The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen

The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will Allen's personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats. The son of a sharecropper, Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer. 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.

Despite financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built an urban farm, a food and educational center that now produces enough produce and fish year-round to feed thousands. Employing young people from the community, Allen's organization, 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 Growing Power helps develop community food systems across the country.


Agriculturalist Will Allen: 2008 MacArthur Fellow


Calendar of Events

Below is a schedule of book discussions.

  • Thursday, Sep 5, 2013: Book Discussion at Caledonia Branch Library
    Faculty from DU Lettinga Campus will lead the book discussion.
  • Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013: NorthWest Initiative at the Lansing Campus
    A representative from NorthWest Initiative, a non profit organization working to solve food system issues in the Lansing area, will speak at this event.
  • Monday, Oct 14, 2013: Book Discussion at Kentwood Branch Library
    Faculty and library staff from DU Lettinga Campus will lead the book discussion.
  • Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013: Book Discussion at the Lansing Campus
    Faculty and staff from DU Lansing Campus will lead the book discussion.
  • Friday, Nov 1, 2013: Book Discussion at the Lettinga Campus
    DU faculty will lead the book discussion.

DU Common Read Goals

  • Enhance the academic climate for first year students

  • Provide a common intellectual experience

  • Foster a sense of shared experience among DU students, faculty, staff, and external communities


Additional Readings

Books from DU libraries:

Albritton, R. (2009). Let them eat junk : how capitalism creates hunger and obesity. New York: Pluto Press.

Bittman, M. (2010). Food matters : a guide to conscious eating with more than 75 recipes. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Carolan, M. (2011). The real cost of cheap food. New York: Earthscan.

Desrochers, P., & Shimizu, H. (2012). The locavore's dilemma : in praise of the 10,000-mile diet. New York: PublicAffairs.

Gibney, M. (2012). Something to chew on : challenging controversies in food and health. Dublin: University College Dublin Press.

Hauter, W. (2012). Foodopoly : the battle over the future of food and farming in America. New York: New Press.

Hewitt, B. (2009). The town that food saved : how one community found vitality in local food. Emmaus, Pa: Rodale.

Keith, L. (2009). The vegetarian myth : food, justice and sustainability. Crescent City, Ca: Flashpoint Press.

Roberts, P. (2008). The end of food. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Robin, M.-M. (2010). The world according to Monsanto : pollution, corruption, and the control of the world's food supply (G. Holoch, Trans.). New York: New Press : Distributed by Perseus Distribution.

Click on the PDF document below to view a list of more books available at other libraries.



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