The latest issue of Time has its annual list of the most influential people in the world, and several of the people are those who have influence over our food system in some way. There are names, like Michael Pollan, that you will instantly recognize. There are others that you’ve probably never heard of — or at least I have never heard of them. They are worth a quick read.

Will Allen - Milwaukee's most prominent urban farmer runs Growing Power, Inc. and The Community Food Center that “houses 20,000 plants and vegetables, thousands of fish, plus chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits and bees.

Temple Grandin – An animal scientist who was born with autism, Grandin has a unique window into the minds of animals.” She has designed is working to improve the quality of life of cattle by reducing their stress in specially designed corrals.

Michael Pollan – One of the interesting things about the Time 100 is that Time often has colleagues of those on the list do the write ups. Alice Waters wrote the piece on Pollan and says, “Michael's rock-star status isn't just about his rigor or brilliance. He thinks about the ethical bonds that connect our bodies, farms and food. In so doing, he has become an example to the rest of us.” He’s certainly an example to me.

Kathleen Merrigan – Merrigan, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has the job of supporting organic farming and conventional farming simultaneously. Her influence over our current food system is enormous.

Lisa Jackson – As Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Jackson certainly has influence over our food system because the EPA’s decisions directly effect the environment in which our food is grown.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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