America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food for 2012

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#50. Will Allen, Founder and CEO, Growing Power

The towering figure in the urban agriculture movement (literally as well as figuratively — a former pro basketball player, he stands 6 feet 7 inches), the Milwaukee-based Allen has been awarded grants by the Ford, Kellogg, and MacArthur foundations for his work in urban farming and sustainable food production. The MacArthur folks hailed him specifically for "transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations." Besides running farms of his own, he teaches workshops in urban farming all over the country, and has helped spur multitudes of Americans into reclaiming derelict city property for growing food.