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Anna Lappé
Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, sustainable food advocate, and mom. The founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund, her latest book is Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury 2010). Anna is also the co-author of Hope’s Edge, with her mother Frances Moore Lappé, and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen with Bryant Terry. She is currently leading the Real Food Media Project, a collaborative project using online videos, a web-based resource center, and grassroots events to inspire, educate, and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming across the United States.

She can be seen as the host for MSN’s Practical Guide to Healthier Living and as a featured expert on Sundance Channel’s Ideas for a Small Planet. An active board member of Rainforest Action Network, Anna has been named one of Time’s “Eco” Who’s Who has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O-The Oprah Magazine, Food & Wine, and Vibe, among many other outlets. Learn more and see where Anna is speaking next at

Entries by Anna Lappé

Fixing Food in Four Minutes or Less

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Last fall, when I launched the first-ever Real Food Media short films contest with project partners around the country, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I just knew that there were incredible stories of people farming, growing, cooking, and sharing food as well as fighting...

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This Food Day, Feast on FEEST

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:20 PM

Today for the third year in a row, thousands of people from all 50 states, will be celebrating a new national event: Food Day. Started by the Center for Science in the Public Interest with support from grassroots activists and community organizations around the...

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Wake Up and Smell the Soil! Groundbreaking UN Report on the Paradigm Shift Needed to Feed the Future

(26) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 12:30 PM

A doorstop of a report arrived in inboxes this morning. Not so subtly called: "Wake up Before It Is Too Late," the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development new report is a rallying cry for action to move toward greater sustainability in food and farming -- to...

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Thinking Beyond the Clown

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 2:33 PM

When Bozo the Clown went off air in 1963, no one would have guessed the small-town television character would soon become the most famous clown in the world. But McDonald's turned Bozo into Ronald McDonald, and today he's recognized by more than 90 percent of school children in the United...

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Hey, Non-GMO Activist: Monsanto's CEO Thinks You're an Elitist

(303) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 11:31 AM


On May 25, 2013, tens of thousands of people in 36 countries participated in a global "March Against Monsanto." But according to Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant, those who protest against agricultural genetic engineering -- including the farmers,...

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Wendy's, What Are You Waiting For?: Calling on the Fast Food Giant to Stand up For Farmworkers

(5) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 8:59 PM

by Christina Bronsing and Anna Lappé

Who has freckles, pigtails, and is still holding out from joining the Fair Food Program? If you guessed the fresh-faced mascot of Wendy's, give yourself a gold star. As part of its efforts to improve conditions in the fields, the Coalition of...

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Not Lovin' It: Moms and McDonalds Don't Mix

(19) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:41 PM

On February 10, 2012, Ronald McDonald held court in a packed elementary school auditorium. Ronald was visiting the Lexington, Kentucky elementary school as part of his sweep of that state. The visits are meant to teach "the value of leadership and community involvement," says Ronald, and kick off fundraising drives for...

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Reduce, Reuse, Rebrand? Coca-Cola and Chicago Team Up to Greenwash

(4) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 6:03 PM

What if you woke up one morning to learn that your community had become enlisted to advertise for Coca-Cola? You didn't have a choice. People in neighborhoods across your city were told the same thing. That's basically what happened in the city of Chicago this week when Mayor...

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Wangari Maathai and the Real Work of Hope

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 9:43 AM

We join millions grieving for Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai. She altered the course of our lives, and our one solace is in knowing that she has changed -- and will continue to change -- the lives of millions of others. She taught us about the work of hope.


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What Dow Doesn't Want You to Know About Your Water (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 11:29 AM

Earlier this year, I was contacted by a PR firm working for Dow Chemical to contribute a 60-second video for the Future We Create virtual conference on water sustainability the company launches today. As a vocal advocate for strict regulation of toxic chemicals -- especially for food and...

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Why We Should Question Walmart's Latest PR Blitz

(84) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 5:02 PM

Walmart made big news yesterday with a press conference alongside the First Lady to announce new company commitments. Most of the mainstream media coverage of the Walmart announcement seemed to buy the company PR that it was taking valiant steps to improve the affordability and health qualities of...

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"Mom, What's for Dinner?" A New Resource Helps Answer the Question

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 8:52 AM

Do these three words -- 'what's for dinner' -- send a shiver down your spine?

Well, my daughter at age 14 months can only muster "mom," "dada," and "duck," but soon enough I'm sure she'll be asking me that question, too, and I'll want a good answer. Thankfully, a...

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3 Pillars of a Food Revolution

(29) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 12:05 PM

A few years ago, I stumbled on a United Nations study that transformed how I think about the climate crisis. In the report, researchers pegged greenhouse gases from the livestock sector at 18 percent of total global emissions. Combine this with other aspects of...

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Seven Principles of a Climate-Friendly Diet (PHOTOS)

(36) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 3:49 PM

Dinner may feel a far cry from the climate crisis, but the global food system--how we raise crops and livestock, where we farm, and what we do with the waste--contributes to a whopping one-third of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions. (And there are all those other ecological impacts, too, from...

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Tips for Taking the Principles of Eating In on the Road

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 3:12 PM

Traveled down to DC last Thursday in the middle of Eat In week. I braved the blizzard at La Guardia and the guy in the suit in 6F throwing up. (Thankfully he went for one of those paper bags in the seat pocket you always wonder if anybody actually uses.)

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So Far, So Good

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 6:09 PM

Today's challenge ended up being not so challenging after all.

Problem: 12:30pm lunch date at DUMBO restaurant Superfine with Slow Food USA's Josh Viertel.

Solution: Turn a lunch into a picnic (at the office).

The Result: Cheaper lunch. Better food. More fun.

Carrying a bag...

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(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 5:40 PM

As soon as Cathy asked if I would join the week of Eating In, I said "Yes, of course!"

I read an advance copy of Cathy's book and loved it, had fun with helping with her Hungry Filmmakers here in the city, and...

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