Anna Lappé was born in 1973, the daughter of Frances Moore Lappé and Marc Lappé. She is a writer, teacher and is known for her work as an expert in food systems as well as being a supporter of sustainable food.
She is the author of three books and her works has been widely translated internationally and featured in Gourmet, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Food and wine, Dominoes, Vibes, Natural Health, Body + Soul, Utne Reader, and many others.
Together with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, they founded the Small Planet Institute based in Cambridge. The Institute has an international network for research and education on the root causes of hunger and poverty in the world.
They are also the founders of the Small Planet Fund, which has raised nearly $ 1 million for social democratic movements around the world, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund was founded in 2002.
Anna’s research on sustainable agriculture has led her to fly from Brooklyn around China, South Korea, India, Bangladesh, Poland, Italy, Kenya, Mali, France, South Africa, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Canada, Mexico, and several other countries.
Anne Lappé and her Latest Book
Her latest book is Diet for a Hot Planet and became one of the best environmental books of the year. Another book, “Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen”, displays the ecological and social benefits of sustainable food with a seasonal menu from chef Bryant Terry.
The project currently being carried out is Food MythBusters. This project is a new collaboration to solve myths about industrial agriculture and share positive stories about sustainable agriculture through creative films, online action centers, and grassroots events.
Anne Lappé and Food MythBusters
Food MythBusters is an initiative of the Real Food Media Project and directed by Anna. The mission of this project is to inspire, educate, and foster a movement for sustainable food and agriculture.
A project is carried out in collaboration with Corporate Accountability International. The company is a non-profit organization founded in 1977. Their headquarters are in Boston, Massachusetts and have offices in Oakland, California, Seattle, Washington, and Bogotá, Colombia.
The collaboration with Food MythBusters includes some of the most important food and agriculture organizations in the country, including the Land Management Project, Defenders of Farmer Families, Food tanks, Immokalee Workers Coalition, Institute of Agricultural Policy and Trade, Food and Water Watch, Alliance Food Chain Workers, Slow Food USA, Small Planet Institute, Real food challenges, and Sustainable tables.
One of the collaborators is with Slow food USA. They are the organizations that promote local food and invite to cook traditionally. The company was founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986 and since then this campaign has spread throughout the world.
They are promoting an alternative to fast food. Petrini strives to preserve traditional, regional cuisine and encourage agricultural crops, seeds, and livestock characteristics from the local ecosystem. Petrini has the same goal as Anne Lappé, namely promoting sustainable food aimed at fighting the globalization of agricultural products.