Photo from Radcliffe Institute. 2019 Radcliffe Medalist Dolores Huerta. Photo by Tony Rinaldo Below is the speech Frances Moore Lappé gave on May 31, 2019 when participating in a discussion panel at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University during Radcliffe Day 2019 which honored Dolores Huerta by awarding her their highest honor, the Radcliffe Medal, which they give annually to an individual who embodies their commitment to excellence, inclusion, and social impact. Soon after Diet for a Small Planet, I summed up my message this way: Hunger isn’t caused by a scarcity of food but a scarcity of democracy. hmm… I could hear my audiences thinking: Nice sound bite, lady; But w
University of San Francisco Commencement at St. Ignatius Church (Source USF Commencement webpage) Below is the speech that Frances Moore Lappé gave on May 18, 2019 at the University of San Francisco to accept the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, and deliver the Commencement Address to the graduates receiving degrees in the Humanities and Sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences. Thank you, President, Dr. Rev. Fitzgerald and the Board of Trustees for the great honor you’ve bestowed on me. Good morning to you. And, to Provost Heller, Dean Camperi, faculty and staff of the University, families, graduates, and dearest friends, good morning!
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Almost a decade ago, I published a book arguing that to address the climate crisis we must transform not only our energy system, but our food system, too. So I was thrilled to see the Times feature on this critical theme. It’s just as important to talk about changing how we produce our food as it is to question what we eat. Yes, those of us in meat-gobbling America could reduce our burger intake, but swapping out Quarter Pounders for heavily processed plant-based fare produced in unsustainable ways is not the answer. Indeed, the science is showing just what a crucial role organic and agro-ecological farming practices play in reducing farm emissions and improving soil health, while fostering
The top one-tenth of 1 percent controls as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, while roughly a fifth of American children live in poverty, and half of American infants are so poor they depend on public aid to eat.(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Originally published on Common Dreams May 8, 2019. It’s easy to feel fatalistic, accepting as “just the way things are” an America in which the top one-tenth of 1 percent controls as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, while roughly a fifth of American children live in poverty, and half of American infants are so poor they depend on public aid to eat. But wait. What if we were to acknowledge — to really let sink in — that we have arrived at
Originally published on Fern's AG Insider, May 1, 2019 by Leah Douglas For decades, conversations about global agricultural production have revolved around one question: How do we feed the world? Those conversations have often been driven by philanthropies, governments, and companies that share an interest in the industrialization of agriculture. But the introduction of monocropping and agrochemicals has not brought us closer to achieving the goal of food security, according to a new book on how to feed the world’s people in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner. Timothy A. Wise, senior researcher at the Small Planet Institute and senior research fellow at Tufts University’s