The Prince's Speech on the Future of Food

The Prince's Speech on the Future of Food

By HRH The Prince of Wales; Will Allen (Afterword by); Eric Schlosser (Afterword by)

Rodale Books, Paperback, 9781609614713, 46pp.

Publication Date: February 14, 2012


"The Prince's Speech" is a stirring, thought-provoking, and ultimately hopeful call to action from one of the world's leading proponents of sustainable farming practices, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

About the Author
The Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, is devoted to gardening and nature conservation. Stephanie Donaldson is the gardening editor of "Country Living" magazine. Andrew Lawson is one of the world's leading garden photographers.

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 U-Ill and UC-Santa Barbara before being fired and jailed for a year for civil rights and antiwar activism. He returned to farming and farm labor full-time in 1972 and has been farming organically ever since, in Oregon, California, and Vermont, where he now co-manages Cedar Circle Farm ( He founded the Sustainable Cotton Project and is a board member of the Organic Consumers Association, Rural Vermont, and is a co-chair of Farms Not Arms.

Eric Schlosser is a correspondent for the Atlantic. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, the Nation, and The New Yorker. He has received a National Magazine Award and a Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for reporting. In 1998 Schlosser wrote an investigative piece on the fast food industry for Rolling Stone. What began as a two-part article for the magazine turned into the New York Times bestseller Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. His other books include Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market and Chew on This: Everything You Don t Want to Know About Fast Food, a children s book he cowrote with Charles Wilson.

Praise For The Prince's Speech on the Future of Food

"Chock full of important points about the pitfalls of the industrial food system and ways to address them...a handy guide to good talking points about the food system...this small book goes beyond laying out the facts (though it does that as well). Prince Charles conveys real empathy -- for those struggling to feed their families, and for those attempting to solve the world's hunger problem with genetically-modified crops and intensified agriculture. If we could all speak so knowledgeably and kindly of these issues, perhaps the global food debate would be a bit more measured and informed." --