The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen, Charles Wilson

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Summary

The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities is a 2012 book written by American urban farmer Will Allen with American journalist and author Charles Wilson. The story is written in the form of a memoir and follows Will Allen's life; however, Allen goes against the classical literary structure of a biography and reflects on the lives of many of his ancestors and co-farmers as well. The memoir is, basically, a lengthy informative text on urban farming, health and environmental issues and development, and the American food industry—the cultivation, production, and consumption of food. It is also a social commentary on race, social justice, and civil rights.

Allen begins by sharing some personal information about his past. He was born in 1949 in Maryland and grew up in a farming family of sharecroppers from South Africa. As a child, he was especially close with his mother, Willie Mae Kenner, who wanted to become a teacher. Allen admired her resilience and her determination, and he believes that he has inherited these characteristics from her. Even though he didn't enjoy it, he sometimes helped his family and worked on their land, which proved useful when he took up urban farming and agriculture later in his life. Allen attended segregated schools until he started high school, which is where he began playing basketball. He wanted to become a professional basketball player and decided that he should make a career out of the sport he loved playing so much. Thus, Allen became the first black player on the basketball team of the University of Miami, Florida, and played basketball professionally in Belgium.

Allen married young, at the age of twenty, and he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his family. Allen...

(The entire section is 567 words.)