FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ on CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK TO CREATE THE WORLD WE WANT
Frances Moore Lappé is an author, speaker, and activist. She and her daughter, Anna, founded of the Small Planet Institute, committed to helping people find ways to interrupt and reverse the progression of scarcity and powerlessness around the world: "appreciating that we humans take our cues from each other, the Small Planet Institute emphasizes the spread of stories of hope in action." Lappé's 1971 book, Diet for A Small Planet, was a touchstone in the food movement timeline, helping to expose the wasteful and environmentally harmful practices of agribusiness, particularly in meat production.
Lappé is also the author of 17 other books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment. Some of her works include: Democracy’s Edge, Getting a Grip, EcoMind, and World Hunger: 10 Myths. With a focus on the roots of the U.S. democracy crisis, and how Americans are creatively responding to the challenge, her current work includes the online Field Guide to the Democracy Movement, and forthcoming book Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, coauthored with Adam Eichen. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., describes Diet for a Small Planet as “one of the most influential political tracts of the times." Frances was also named by Gourmet Magazine as one of 25 people (including Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair, and Julia Child), whose work has changed the way America eats. Her books have been translated into 15 languages and are used widely in university courses.