Will Allen

Will Allen is an organic farmer in Vermont, a community organizer, anti-war activist, and occasional author. His book, The War on Bugs was published by Chelsea Green in 2008. He is a policy advisory board member of the Organic Consumers Association, and a board member of Willing Hands (a local Vermont food bank). You can reach him at: will@thewaronbugsbook.com or visit his farm's website -- Cedar Circle Farm.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 10:04am
The Trigger Trap: Will Vermont Lawmakers Let Industry Strangle Another GMO Labeling Law?
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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 1:15pm
What About the State of Our Planet, Mr. President?
In his state of the union address this week, President Obama talked about the American promise - the promise that if you worked hard, you could do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement. “The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive,” he said. “No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important.”
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 1:43pm
Local and Organic Food and Farming: The Gold Standard
More and more consumers and corporations are touting the benefits of “local” foods, often described as “sustainable,” “healthy,” or “natural.” According to the trade publication, Sustainable Food News, local as a marketing claim has grown by 15 percent from 2009 to 2010, and it’s likely that number will increase in the coming year.1 Even supermarket giant and junk food purveyor Wal-Mart, with total sales in 2009 of $405 billion, has jumped on the bandwagon.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 11:00am
Is This Factory Farming's Tobacco Moment?
The nation's chemical and energy-intensive food and farming system, Food Inc., is out-of-control, posing a mortal threat to public health, the environment, and climate stability. Economically stressed and distracted consumers have become dependent on a factory farm system designed to provide cheap processed food that may be cosmetically perfect and easily shipped, but which is seriously degraded in terms of purity and nutritional value.
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Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 1:42pm
Climate Catastrophe: Surviving the 21st Century
"The catastrophic impacts of climate change are not only going to take place in the distant future. They are taking place now." --Vandana Shiva, Soil not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis Climate Stabilization Requires a Cultural and Political Revolution
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Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 12:43pm
We Need Food and Farming Regulation Now!
Taxpayers are demanding that government enforce existing regulations and create more stringent rules to limit the excess and greed in banking, insurance, housing, and on Wall Street. But, in the rush to regulate, we can't forget to oversee industrial agriculture. It is one of our most polluting and dangerous industries. Like the financial sectors, its practices have not been well regulated for the last thirty years. Let me run down a few of the major problems that have developed because of our poorly regulated U.S. agriculture.
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