Growing Power and Wal-Mart
There have been some really provocative dialogues going on ranging from Civil Eats to Grist to Justseeds and Mother Jones about the now-famous urban agriculture group based in Milwaukee Growing Power’s recent acceptance of a huge donation from Wal-Mart. Check out the article in the Chicago Tribune and the response to criticisms from Will Allen (leader of Growing Power).
This is undoubtedly an important debate to have with growing interest in urban and sustainable agriculture from all directions, including those driven primarily by profit. For a great explanation of the challenges presented by corporate “green-washing” see Heather Rogers’ book Green Gone Wrong, which was reviewed on this blog over the summer.