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The Opening Door – Show 035: Frances Moore Lappe

Finding solutions to global crises might actually be a question of how we think about the earth and our place in it. Acclaimed author Frances Moore Lappe, who changed the way we think about food with her 3 million copy Diet for a Small Planet has engineered a new shift in our ecology beginning with correcting our faulty thinking. Don’t miss this intimate and profound conversation that has the power to transform your relationship to the chaos in the world and provide concrete, community based solutions to literally re-think the world we inhabit and re-align human nature with the natural rhythms of the changing planet. Solutions are all around us, EcoMind shows the way to turn obstacles into opportunities.

frances_moore_lappe_0_0Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Oakland based think tank Food First and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide. In 1987 she received the Right Livelihood Award (considered an “Alternative Nobel”) “for revealing the political and economic causes of world hunger and how citizens can help to remedy them.” In 2008 Diet for a Small Planet was selected as one of 75 Books by Women Whose Words Have Changed the World by members of the Women’s National Book Association in observance of its 75th anniversary Frances was 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.

Frances has received 18 honorary doctorates from distinguished institutions, including The University of Michigan. In 1985, she was a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of California, Berkeley and from 2000 to 2001, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2008 she received the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award for her lifelong impact on the way people all over the world think about food, nutrition, and agriculture. Frances appears frequently as a public speaker and on radio, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Alternet. Articles featuring or written by Frances have appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, People. Frances has been seen on the Today Show, Hardball ,, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘The National”, NPR, and the BBC.