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When she wrote the best-selling Diet For A Joore Planet back inshe helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose. When Frances Moore Lappe wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back inshe helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose.
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And, back then, what she had to say was revolutionary. Her idea that a plant-centered diet could be better for the planet — and our health — than a meat-centered diet was considered radical. So, what inspired her thinking? Well, let’s go back in time a moment. When Americans turned on the evening news in the s, they couldn’t escape images of famine.
At the time, some experts were predicting a doomsday scenario. The argument was this: As the population grew, food shortages would worsen. But Lappe argued it didn’t need to be this way. She pointed out that there were more than enough calories being produced to feed the world.
It’s just that much of the grain being grown wasn’t used to feed people. And as Lappe went on to tell Adams: But “it’s the economic and political structures [that] determine whether or not that production is actually meeting the needs of human beings. Now, remember, back in the s, meat was at the center of Americans’ plates. A steak dinner was a symbol of security and prosperity.
Nobody was snacking on edamame, and kale was not yet celebrated. So, when Lappe began promoting a diet rich in vegetables, beans llappe grains, people were dismayed. Diet For A Small Planet is filled with vegetarian lapppe. Leafing through, I spot one for a spinach lasagna, soy burgers, vegetable enchiladas — nothing that seems too unfamiliar, and definitely not radical, today. But back then, “people told me their parents said they would die of malnutrition if they followed the advice I was giving in the book,” Lappe recalls with a laugh.
Today, lots of us have have heard the arguments about the environmental impacts of meat production. As we’ve reportedrecent studies estimate that it can take 6 pounds of grain and about 50 dief of water to produce the meat for one hamburger. And, today, we’re also bombarded with messages to eat less red meatfrom the Meatless Monday campaign to the World Health Organization’s proclamation that excessive red meat consumption is linked to cancer. So Lappe used the shock and dismay over her veggie recipes fracnes her advantage.
With the buzz her book created, she was invited on to talk shows. The shows all wanted to talk recipes and cooking. But she had a bigger message more deliver. Lappe, What did you have for breakfast? She’s gone on to write many more books, including Food First: Beyond The Myth Of Scarcity.
Anna Lappe has followed in her mother’s footsteps. When I interviewed them together for this story, the mother-daughter duo could almost finish each other’s sentences — even though they dlet thousands of miles apart.
If You Think Eating Is A Political Act, Say Thanks To Frances Moore Lappe
Frances was in a studio in Boston, Anna in the Oakland, Calif. They’re separated by coasts, but seem very much in sync.
Anna is advocating on a range of issues in the food system. She’s written a book, Diet For A Hot Planet francds, on how agriculture and our food choices influence greenhouse gas emissions and planer change. She’s also weighed in on the way snacks and sugary drinks are marketed to children. Now, among other projects, she has developed an initiative called Voices of the Food Chainaimed at helping share the stories of people who work in the food system.
She is also planwt with groups across the country on the Good Food Purchasing Program ; the goal is to “promote the power of using our public food dollars to create a food system that aligns with the values of fairness to workers, animal welfare, nutrition and health, local economies and environmental sustainability. Anna says there’s still a lot of work to do to promote food choices that are healthy for people and the planet.
But she told me she’s encouraged.
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She points to the growth of farmers markets, farm-to-school programs, greater access to healthful food in schools and the growth of community-supported agriculture, or CSA, initiatives. She says one particularly sweet moment for her came last year. And big investors, such as Farmland LPare converting conventional farmland into organic farmland. None of that is true! Frances and Anna were both tickled by this. Frances, now 72, says she is still optimistic.
She acknowledges duet still hunger and malnutrition around the globe. But she tweeted out a quote from I. Stone earlier this week that read:. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. The Salt When Frances Moore Lappe wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back inshe helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose.
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