44, Clear Lake, Iowa
POSITION: Founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!
NOTABLE FOR: Giving the organic-farm movement an organized voice and a huge goal. This native Iowan with D.C. lobbying experience challenges the influence of the factory-farm system. His organization, with 300,000- plus members, seeks political attention and support for a $25 billion plan to make 75% of U.S. farms certified organic by 2025. Realistic? You don’t get change from anyone by asking for crumbs, ” he says.