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Essays by Will Allen

March 11, 2013
Organic Consumers Association
by Will Allen
Essay

After three years of trying to get a law passed by the Vermont legislature to require mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Vermonters are once again up against a governor who continues to run scared from threats of a...Read more

March 4, 2010
Organic Consumers Association
by Will Allen
Essay

We need to stop seeing human waste as a disposal problem. We need to think of feces and urine as resources. They are both very valuable plant fertilizers and could greatly offset our dependence on synthetic nitrogen, mined phosphorous, phosphates,...Read more

February 18, 2010
Organic Consumers Association
by Will Allen
Essay

While waiting in the gym last winter for a session with my physical therapist after knee replacement surgery, I found myself eavesdropping on the other patients. I’m prone to being nosy, probably because I have spent so many years on a tractor or out in the field planting or picking with no one to talk to or listen to. When farmers get to town, we’re ready to make up for lost time. I admit it. We’re nosy!

That day, as I sat waiting, a young couple walked in. Both had beautiful faces and rosy cheeks. The man had a sweet and generous smile, although the woman seemed Read more

April 13, 2009
by Will Allen
Essay

While waiting in the Gym for my physical therapist to come help me rehabilitate my knees after replacement surgery, I always become totally nosy and find myself snooping into other patients' and therapists lives. This is probably because I have spent so many years on a tractor or out in the field planting or picking with no one to talk to or listen to. When we get to town, most farmers I know are eavesdroppers. I admit it, we're nosy!

One day, as I sat waiting, in walked a couple. Both had beautiful faces and rosy cheeks, the man had a sweet and generous smile, the woman seemed Read more

April 30, 2009
Chelsea Green
by Will Allen
Essay

Web Note: Will Allen is a leading organic farmer in the U.S. and a member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Organic Consumers Association.

Will Allen grew up on a small farm in southern California and served in the Marine Corps between the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received a PhD in Anthropology (focused on Peruvian tropical forest agriculture) and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, before being fired and sentenced to a year in jail for civil rights and antiwar activism. He Read more

June 6, 2008
Alternet
by Will Allen
Essay

The question about the real price of food should be rephrased: Is it worth sending cheap, poisonous food to the starving masses?

Sometimes shoppers are confused by the differences in price between food grown organically and food grown conventionally. Usually organic loses the price war argument in comparison to what is called "conventional" food. Of course, we are all mostly aware that organic means grown and processed without chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, toxic pesticides, sewage sludge, irradiation and genetic manipulation.

But, what does "conventional" mean Read more