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Urban Farmer Will Allen with Stephen Colbert on ‘The Colbert Report’

MacArthur Genius Fellow Will Allen discusses urban farming and his book, “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities with Stephen Colbert.” ( See link to video site here. You may have to try different methods of viewing dependent on where you live due to country copyright regulations.)

From The Chicagoist
June 12, 2012


Colbert’s wacky neocon persona was the perfect foil for an urban farming activist, and he brought up all of the standard skeptical concerns that urban farmers face. Is this really substantial? Can you raise animals? Don’t the neighbors complain? “Why are you bringing farming back to cities? How can you do that? That’s … barely a place for humans, let alone, like, farm animals,” exclaimed Colbert. Skeptical about food deserts, Colbert pointed out, “You say food desert, but there is food in cities; food that’s very salty and crispy. The best possible kind of food for you, and it lasts forever! You can’t say that about kohlrabi.”

Allen calmly worked through each objection, handling Colbert’s jibes about goats, marijuana and urban blight without blinking. We guess he’s used to answering these questions by now. Watch the whole interview, and then check out Growing Power’s many projects in Chicago.

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1 comment

1 Kijani Dunia { 06.15.12 at 11:20 am }

Will Allen is my hero! It’s amazing to see this type of information becoming more visible to mainstream audiences!