Will Allen has been a big hero of mine for a while now. Just recently the big media has doled out some much deserved credit with stories on his outstanding work on urban farming and urban aquaculture two critical areas of sustainability for cities. The benefits of Urban farming are numerous and obvious (increased biodiversity in the city, increased freshness and nutrition, education opportunities, decrease in shipping cost and hence fossil fuels) but urban aquaculture is less apparent until you understand a bit about the nutrient cycle or seen it in action. Besides aquaculture Allen also employs vermiculture, aquaponics, hydroponics, composting, and water management in a closed loop system. If you want to learn how you can set up your own DIY aquaculture system on the cheap see this post. To learn more about Will Allen’s revolutionary work and the entire inspiring group he works with vist Growing Power and watch the film series below. It is time put the “us” back in industry and food is a great place to start.