Allen represents United States at Italian food conference

Urban farmer Will Allen, chief executive officer of Milwaukee’s Growing Power, is representing the “Good Food Revolution” as part of a U.S. delegation to be sent by President Barack Obama to attend the Milan Expo 2015 in Italy.

As part of her “Let’s Move!” initiative to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in America within a generation, First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the delegation. The delegation is touring the USA Pavilion, which showcases American leadership on global food security and development issues, innovation, climate change and sustainability, and nutrition and health.

“No matter where in the world we live, we all want healthy, nutritious food for our families,” Michelle Obama said. “I’m thrilled for our delegation to have this opportunity to represent the United States at this important global event; to discuss shared values and best practices with other participating countries as we continue to strive to support a healthy America.”

“This happened pretty quickly. I will leave (for Italy) tonight,” Allen told BizTimes on Monday. “It will be an interesting trip for me. It’s an opportunity to talk about what’s happening on the ground floor of this ‘Good Food Revolution’…I’ll do whatever the First Lady asks me to do.”

In addition to Michelle Obama and Allen, the other members of the U.S. delegation will include:
* John Phillips, United States ambassador to the Italy and San Marino.* Douglas Hickey, commissioner general of the USA Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015.
* Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
* Alonzo Mourning, former NBA All-Star, a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and founder of Mourning Family Foundation.
* Mario Batali and Carla Hall, chefs, authors and co-hosts of “The Chew.”
* Nicolas Jammet, co-CEO, Sweetgreen.

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