Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of nineteen books, beginning with the acclaimed "Diet for a Small Planet." Most recently she is the co-author, with Adam Eichen, of the new book, "Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want." Among her numerous previous books are "EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want" (Nation Books) and "Democracy's Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life." She is co-founder of the Cambridge, Mass.-based Small Planet Institute. Follow her on Twitter: @fmlappe

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Corporations Can't Pledge Allegiance
Outcries against the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision , extending corporations' 1st Amendment rights, point to many advantages giving corporations the edge over natural persons: "Limited liability" protects company owners from personal responsibility for business debts; and corporations are virtually immortal -- a big advantage.
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Monday, July 30, 2012
The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About
Could a narrow focus on Citizens United actually set back our drive for democracy? That's been a real worry of mine, but my thinking has been fussy. So I was relieved to see Matt Bai, the New York Times Magazine 's political correspondent, take on the challenge of deciphering what can and cannot be laid at the feet of this awful ruling.
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Friday, April 20, 2012
Free Your (Eco) Mind
Gradually it’s dawned on me: We humans are creatures of the mind. We perceive the world according to our core, often unacknowledged, assumptions. They determine, literally, what we can see and what we cannot. Nothing so wrong with that, perhaps—except that, in this crucial do-or-die moment, we’re stuck with a mental map that is life-destroying.
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Thursday, April 05, 2012
What's the Difference Between Fox News and Oxford University Press?
Eighteen months ago I read a book that changed my life. Yeah, yeah, I know... sounds corny. But it's not what you think. This book changed my life not because of what it said but because of what it didn't say. On a nothing-special summer afternoon in 2010, I sat in the Cambridge Public Library preparing a speech on something I'd been studying for decades. I plugged "world hunger" into the library's computer. Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know popped up.
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Friday, September 16, 2011
The Food Movement: Its Power and Possibilities
Editor's Note from The Nation: Frances Moore Lappé's essay below kicks off The Nation's forum on the food movement. Raj Patel , Vandana Shiva , Eric Schlosser , and Michael Pollan have contributed replies.
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Friday, March 13, 2009
The City that Ended Hunger
"To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer." CITY OF BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL In writing Diet for a Small Planet , I learned one simple truth: Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but a scarcity of democracy.
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Monday, September 22, 2008
Our Next President Could Learn a Lot From Willie Nelson
What a weekend to be hanging with the guys from Farm Aid : historic financial meltdown, plus, breaking news -- ignored by virtually all big media -- that by the beginning of this year the food price crisis had pushed 75 million more people into hunger and that as many more could join them by year's end. That would be 150 million more hungry people in a world of food plenty!
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Good Grief, Gordon Brown!
"Finish your supper, Francie, children are dying in China," I heard growing up. It didn't make sense to me then, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's retake this week makes even less. He's now scolding Brits for not eating every last pea on their plates: Britons all need to be "doing more to cut our food waste," in order to "get food prices down," said Brown, as the G8 meets in Japan.
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Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Just Who's Doing the Hoarding? Food Independence and Real Democracy
As about 30 countries scramble to protect their citizens from hunger by limiting food exports, the title of a front-page New York Times article calls out: " Hoarding Nations Drive Food Costs Ever Higher ."
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Friday, March 21, 2008
The Only Fitting Tribute
I feel a bit silly. For decades I called myself a child of the '60s, only to realize on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the New Deal that I'm really its child. Coming to maturity as its beneficiary, I had a debt-free college education and, thanks to New Deal advances that doubled the real family...
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