Frances Moore Lappé is the co-founder of three national organizations that explore the roots of hunger, poverty, and environmental crises, as well as solutions now emerging worldwide through what she calls ‘Living Democracy’, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy 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.

Moore Lappé and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide. Frances appears frequently as a public speaker and on radio, is a contributing editor at Yes! Magazine and Solutions Journal, and a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Alternet.

In 1987, Moore Lappé received the Right Livelihood Award (considered an Alternative Nobel Prize) “for revealing the political and economic causes of world hunger and how citizens can help to remedy them.”

Moore Lappé is the author of 18 books. Her first book, Diet for a Small Planet (1985), has sold three million copies and is considered the blueprint for eating with a small carbon footprint long before the term was coined. 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 and 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.

Her most recent work, released by Nation Books in September 2011, is Eco Mind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want.

Frances has received 18 honorary doctorates from distinguished institutions including The University of Michigan and was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000-2001. 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.

In 2007 Frances became a founding member of the World Future Council, based in Hamburg, Germany. In addition, Frances serves on the International Board of Advisors of Grassroots International and on the the Value [the] Meal Advisory Board of Corporate Accountability International. She is also a member of the Sisters on the Planet network, part of Oxfam America. Other notable awards include the International Studies Association's 'Outstanding Public Scholar Award', which Frances received in 2009. In 2011, shewas awarded the Nonino Prize for her life’s work.

In 2006 Frances was chosen as a founding councilor of the 50-member, Hamburg-based World Future Council. She is a member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture. Frances is also on the board of David Korten’s People-Centered Development Forum and serves on the advisory boards of the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Chez Panisse Foundation, and Earth Corps.

In 2011, Frances joined the advisory board of the television series, Kiss the Cook and the Farmer Too. The 13-part series illustrates that “we are what we eat and that ways in which we produce, prepare, and consume food not only affects our personal health and well being but also the health of our environment and our communities.”

From 2000-2001 Frances was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in 2003, she taught with Dr. Vandana Shiva in Dehra Dun, India, about the roots of world hunger, sponsored by the Navdanya Research and Agricultural Demonstration Center. In 2004, Frances taught a course on Living Democracy at Schumacher College in England, and in 2005, she served as spokesperson for international World Food Day.

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