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This Book Started a Food Revolution in 1971—And It’s Never Felt More Relevant

Diet For a Small Planet argued that plant-centered eating is better for ourselves and our planet. Fifty years later, that idea is still shaping how we eat.

"Go back in time with us to 1971, the year that changed the way we eat forever. When Frances Moore Lappé called cattle “a protein factory in reverse” in her 1971 book Diet for a Small Planet, she wasn’t just arguing that meat was an inefficient way to feed humans, though it is. Nor did she set out to turn millions of Americans vegetarian and help the natural foods movement find its political voice, though she did. For the 26-year-old researcher, Diet was an act of radical hope..."

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By Jonathan Kauffman

March 23, 2021


March 23, 2021
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This Book Started a Food Revolution in 1971—And It’s Never Felt More Relevant By Jonathan Kauffman

February 10, 2021
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Frances Moore Lappé - School Article By 5th Grader, Meg Packard

May 31, 2020
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Virtual Slow Living Summit features Lappe, McKibben By Bob Audette

April 22, 2020
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Q&A: 50 Years Ago, a Young Mother’s Book Helped Start an Environmental Revolution. By Evelyn Nieves

February 27, 2020
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Author of ‘Diet for a Small Planet’ comes to small-town Sonoma By Christian Kallen

February 20, 2020
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‘Vote With Your Dollar’: The Mother-Daughter Duo Who Changed How We Think About Food By Sally Ho

February 16, 2020
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Retro Report: Plant-Based Meat Has Roots in the 1970s By Clyde Haberman

January 27, 2020
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Q+A: Frances Moore Lappé By Annie B. Copps

December 16, 2019
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Frances Moore Lappé changed how we eat. She wants to do the same for our democracy. By David Marchese


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Hawthorne Valley Association

March 1, 2021

Frances Moore Lappé speaks with Executive Director, Martin Ping about her new book, It's Not Too Late! and the power of hope for our climate and democracy crises.

Aspire with Osha

January 22, 2021

Frances Moore Lappé speaks with host Osha Hayden about what happened to Democracy in the U.S. and what we can do to can revive it to address hunger and the climate crisis.

Living on Earth

December 4, 2020

Frances Moore Lappé speaks with host Steve Curwood about food insecurity in the U.S. and why combating it should be a priority for the incoming Biden-Harris administration

Democracy Unchained 

September 17, 2020

Frances Moore Lappé speaks with host David Orr about the forces shaping our democracy, particularly the challenges of racial inequity and the threat of a destabilizing climate.

Ethical Markets

May 28, 2020

Frances Moore Lappé speaks with hosts Hazel Henderson and Edward Saltzberg about the shift to healthier plant-based diets.

BBC: Witness History

May 25, 2020

Frances Moore Lappé speaks with Farhana Haider about Diet For a Small Planet and reflects on the progress we’ve seen as we continue working for a sustainable future and living democracy.

Food Tank: Food Talk

May 8, 2020

Frances Moore Lappé joins Dani Nierenberg to discuss how the food system has changed in the 50 years since Diet for a Small Planet was released and what it takes to build a living democracy.

Custodians of the Planet

May 5, 2020

Frances Moore Lappé reveals the fundamental truth of our interbeingness and fires up the spirit within us. Frances and Deniz talk about living democracy, ecomind, and other intriguing concepts in order to live in a sustainable world.

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Pacifica National Caucus Night Special

February 3, 2020

Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen join Pacifica Radio Network to discuss the upcoming election on Iowa's Caucus night.

NPR Marketplace's: Make Me Smart

January 28, 2020

Frances Moore Lappé joins Kai Ryssdal And Molly Wood to discuss how we have to change our habits around food, climate and democracy.

Equal Citizens' Another Way Podcast

December 5, 2019

Frances Moore Lappé joins Adam Eichen to discuss her reasons for joining the democracy reform movement, her theories on democracy, and why she feels hopeful in the current political moment. 

All Together Now

February 1, 2018

Frances Moore Lappé chats with Eleanor LeCain about saving

our democracy, as her new book, Daring Democracy, also confronts. 

Jefferson Public Radio

December 13, 2017

Frances Moore Lappé

and Adam Eichen join The Jefferson Exchange to discuss the need for more democracy, not less, to address the despair and lack of power many feel.

Harvard Kennedy School

November 15, 2017

Frances Moore Lappé and

Adam Eichen discuss their newest book, Daring Democracy, with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. 

The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow

October 21, 2017

Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen chat with RJ Eskow about their book Daring Democracy.

Town Hall Seattle

October 7, 2017

Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen live from Town Hall Seattle. Hear from Frances Adam as they discuss the Democracy Movement and topics in their book, Daring Democracy.

XRAY In The Morning

October 4, 2017

Hear from Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen about their book Democracy Democracy in an interview with Jefferson Smith.

Every Voice Speaks

September 28, 2017

Hear from Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen in a converstaion with Every Voice about their new book Daring Democracy.

KGNU's Living Dialogues

January 22, 2017

Hear from Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen about their forthcoming book, their views on democracy, and recent democracy victories around the country in their recent interview
with Duncan Campbell on
KGNU's Living Dialogues

NPR's Morning Edition
with Allison Aubrey 

September 22, 2016 

If you think eating Is a political act,
say thanks to Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé, heard on Morning Edition
with Allison Aubrey

KPFA's The Living Room

October 16, 2015

Frances Moore Lappé speaks to Kris Welch on “KPFA's The Living Room” program about her work and her latest book, World Hunger: 10 Myths

Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg

November 20, 2019

Frances Moore Lappé advises future activists to keep digging for their answer to the problem that concerns them—and communities around the world—most.


January 31, 2018

Frances Moore Lappé and

Adam Eichen chat with Dan 

Skinner about their new book and the power of the Democracy Movement. 

Rootstock Radio

December 5, 2017

Frances Moore Lappé in conversation with Theresa Marquez about her newest book, Daring Democracy. 

Team Human

November 15, 2017

In this Team Human conversation, Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen join Douglas Rushkoff in conversation about the thrill of democracy to make a case for hope and courage in this moment of turmoil.

KGNU's Living Dialogues 

October 15, 2017 

On this pledge drive program for KGNU, Duncan Campbell speaks with Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen about their recent book Daring Democracy.

The Peter Collins Show 

October 6, 2017 

Frances Moore Lappé returns to the show with co-author Adam Eichen to talk about the fight to restore democracy in the United States.

Arsenal For Democracy 

October 3, 2017 

Guest interview by Bill Humphrey with Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen about their book Daring Democracy.

New Books Network 

September 25, 2017 

Hear from  Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen in an interview about their new book Daring Democracy with the New Books Network.

The Secret Ingredient 

November 8, 2016 

“There isn’t a single aspect of what we eat that is not touched by industry spin.” Hear from Anna Lappé on the work she is doing to combat industry spin as she talks with Raj Patel, Tom Philpott, and Rebecca McInroy on The Secret Ingredient.

Frances Moore Lappé—Living Democracy To Feed The World

August 26, 2016

In this interview, hear Frances Moore Lappé talk about her perspective on ending hunger and her experience participating in the historic civil disobedience, Democracy Spring.

Food as Teacher at Colby College

October 1, 2013

Someone who has spent her life studying the world’s food resources might be the last person you’d expect to be an optimist, but Frances Moore Lappé, Colby’s 2013 Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Studies, is just that.  Lappé comes to Colby as part of a three-year Mellon grant to bring environmentalists of note to campus.

Moir's Envronmental Diaologues

July 25, 2019

Frances Moore Lappé chats with Rob Moir about how it’s not too late for a Living Democracy– not just a form of government, but an evolving way of life.

Progressive Spirit

January 21, 2018

Frances Moore Lappé and

Adam Eichen chat with John Shuck about their new book, restoring democracy, and getting money out of politics. 

Rootstock Radio

November 21, 2017

Anna Lappé in conversation with Anne O'Connor about shaping the story of good food and her work with Real Food Media and more. Listen or read the transcript! 


November 11, 2017 

Host Duncan Campbell in conversation with Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen about democracy one year after the 2016 presidential election.

KEXP Mind Over Matters

October 14, 2017

Hear from Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen in conversation with Diane Horn about their book Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want.

KGNU Community Radio

October 6, 2017

Duncan Campbell in dialogue with Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen on Daring Democracy to preserve Boulder's citizen activist democracy under siege.

Uprooted Podcast from IATP

September 30, 2017

In the final episode in its series on NAFTA, Johan interviews Michael McCollough, William Bostwick and Timothy A. Wise, discussing how the beer industry has used NAFTA to move production and manipulate statistics to show it as a "win" for Mexican agriculture.

Conversation Earth

April 25, 2017

Hear from Frances Moore Lappé and her conversation with Dave Gardner. Lappé explains “thought traps” to avoid in order to effectively inspire transition from what she calls our “economy of destruction,” as well as how democracy is much more than just a form of government; it is an essential part of human nature.

Heritage Radio Network's
“What Doesn't Kill You” 

October 28, 2016

Katy Keiffer of Heritage Radio Network's “What Doesn't Kill You” program talks with Frances Moore Lappé about food, hunger, empowerment, and democracy in an inspiring interview

IBIS Radio, WMBR Cambridge, and MIT's weekly program
“Radio With a View” 

November 1, 2015

“Radio With a View” invited Frances Moore Lappé for a great conversation on her recent work

The Fairness Doctrine

Part 1

May 21, 2013

The world saw its first breach of the 400 ppm , a concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere not seen since the Pliocene epoch millions of years ago. And the world experienced the hottest summer and the most violent storms on record. Do we need a new way of thinking? In her interview with Fairness Radio, Frances Moore Lappé says "yes."

Green Sisterhood 

May 7, 2013 

Green Sisterhood is honored to interview author, Frances Moore Lappé, about her newest book, EcoMind. She delves into how to take us out of our fear to see the possibilities of what we CAN do to create the world we want. She illustrates powerful examples of people who made tremendous strives, urges community collaboration, and leads by example.

Spring of Sustainability

April 24, 2013

Hear from Frances Moore Lappé on the Spring of Sustainability. Co-produced by the Sustainable World Coalition and The Shift Network, the Spring of Sustainability brings the biggest names in the environmental and environmental justice movements to the world to address: the most pressing global issues, inspiring sources of hope, and what each of us can do to make a difference.

Radio Interview

WNPV Philadelphia AM 1440 

April 22, 2013

Frances Moore Lappé speaks with WNPV about the themes in EcoMind and her "possibilist" outlook. She believes that "it is the way we think about the problems that hold us back" from solutions. One of the first steps we can make is to "get our democracy back" with the help of organizations like