By Will Allen Published July 9, 2009 1:06 a.m.
"It is time and past time for this nation, this government, to react to the dangers inherent in its flawed farm and food policies and to reverse course from subsidizing wealth to subsidizing health.
We have to stop paying the largest farm subsidies to large growers of unsustainable and inedible crops like cotton. We have to stop paying huge subsidies to Big Corn, Big Soy and Big Chem to use prime farmland to grow fuel, plastics and fructose. We have to stop using federal and state agencies and institutions as taxpayer-funded research arms for the very practices that got us into this mess.
We have to start subsidizing health and well-being by rewarding sustainable practices in agriculture and assuring a safe, adequate and wholesome food supply to all our citizens. And we need to start this reform process now, as part of the national stimulus toward economic recovery.”
About Will Allen | Will Allen is a former professional basketball player and was the first African American basketball player at the University of Miami, Florida. He is now a farmer and community activist, dedicated to supporting low-income and small family farmers, and bringing healthy, affordable food to urban areas. He is the founder and president of the Rainbow Farmer’s Cooperative and the CEO of Growing Power, a national not-for-profit organization supporting the development of community food systems. Based in Milwaukee, it has spread his urban farming message from Africa to Europe to South America. Will was honored in 2005 by the Ford Foundations Leadership for a Changing World Award and was recently awarded the 20\08 Mac Arthur Genius Grant. He was recently named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.