Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé

Frances Moore Lappe is the author of Diet for a Small Planet and 17 other books. Anna Lappe is the author Diet for Hot Planet.

Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé are co-authors of Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet and co-founders of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund.


Frances' is the author of EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want (Nation Books, 2011) and 17 other books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet.

She is the cofounder 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. With her daughter Anna Lappé, Frances leads the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute (, a collaborative network for research and popular education to bring democracy to life. Together they founded the Small Planet Fund ( which solicits and channels resources to democratic social movements.

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.

In 1987 Frances Moore Lappé became the 4th American to receive the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel.” In 2008, she was presented with 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.

She is a founding councilor of the 50-member World Future Council based in Hamburg, Germany. In 1975 with Joseph Collins, Lappé launched the California-based Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First), described by The New York Times as one of the nation’s “most respected food think tanks.” In 1990, Lappé co-founded the Center for Living Democracy, a ten-year initiative to help accelerate the spread of democratic innovations. Lappé served as founding editor of the Center’s American News Service, which placed solutions-oriented news stories in almost three hundred newspapers nationwide.


Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and advocate for sustainability and food justice. A founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund, Anna is the author of Diet for a Hot Planet and co-author of Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen. Her writing has been published in the International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist, and Los Angeles Times, among other outlets. She has appeared on PBS, CBC, NBC, and FoxNews and is currently a co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast. From 2004 to 2006, Anna was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a national program of the WK Kellogg Foundation. For more information, visit: and

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