This lecture was presented virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frances Moore Lappé’s research, writing, and activism have guided and transformed the way we understand connections (and disconnections) between food production systems, the environment, poverty, and malnutrition. Author or co-author of 19 books, including her 1971 best-seller Diet for a Small Planet, Lappé’s work has had profound influence not only in the United States but across the world. She has educated the public on the global food supply and the role of democratic publics in addressing issues of hunger and environmental degradation. In 2002, she co-founded the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education to bring democracy to life, as well as the Small Planet Fund to channel resources to democratic social movements worldwide.