Will Allen’s new book
Forbes: The New Green Revolution: A Vision For Small-Scale Urban Farming
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
Publication Date: May 10, 2012
Excerpt from Forbes magazine:
On three city acres in the heart of an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood, we grow enough food year-round in our greenhouses to feed ten thousand people. At our facility five blocks from Wisconsin’s largest public housing project, we are taking city waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill-beer mash, food waste, coffee grinds-and composting it to create healthy soil. We are feeding this compost to millions of worms, who create a natural fertilizer. We are using this rich soil to grow intensively more than 100 varieties of vegetables. We are also raising 100,000 fish in “aquaponics” systems that resemble natural streams.
With the help of a broad solar array and a bio-digester, we are also slowly eliminating our reliance on fossil fuel.
Most private investment and government support for agriculture in the past century went to making large-scale agriculture more “efficient.” I think our energies in this century should be devoted instead to making small-scale farming economically sustainable.