The revolution in plant-based eating
50 years ago, Frances Moore Lappé started a food revolution when she wrote "Diet for a Small Planet" on the importance of plant-based eating.Listen 49:00
In 1971, FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ started a food revolution by promoting plant-based eating in her book, Diet for a Small Planet. 50 years later, her book has been updated — and that revolution has become a way of life for millions. Marty spoke with Frances Moore Lappé last week for a virtual Radio Times event. They talked about how plant-centered eating can help restore our damaged ecology, address the climate crisis, move us toward a healthier planet… and taste good, too.
Frances Moore Lappé, author and coauthor of more than 20 books including her first book, Diet for a Small Planet, The 50th anniversary edition is just out. She’s also cofounder of the Small Planet Institute. @fmlappé
Truthout, Trees and Crops Don’t Have to Compete. Climate Crisis Calls for Agroforestry – “Ultimately, their work protected and regenerated perhaps as many as 200 million trees, all of which sequester carbon, improve soil fertility and significantly increase crop yields, experts on the ground have explained to me.”
Earth Island Journal, Realizing Our Power: Farming and Eating for a Small Planet – “By a broader measure, one in three people on Earth lack access to adequate food, reports the UN’s food policy arm. This suffering continues even as the world produces plenty of calories and a fifth more calories per person than when I first wrote Diet for a Small Planet.”
The Washington Post, ‘Diet for a Small Planet’ helped spark a food revolution. 50 years later, it’s evolving – “I’m not an optimist — I’m a possible-ist,” she says. “Everything is possible, we just have to make it happen.”
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