Food expert Lappé to speak Nov. 1 at the UI

Frances Moore Lappé, global food expert and author of the best-selling book Diet for a Small Planet, will speak 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.

The free lecture, titled “Sustainable Foods and Climate Change: Fixing a Broken System,” is sponsored by the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research with support from the UI Lecture Committee, UI Office of Sustainability, School of Urban and Regional Planning, and the UI Public Policy Center. A book signing will follow the lecture outside the Main Lounge.

Lappé is best known for her first book, Diet for a Small Planet, published in 1971. It has sold three million copies and is considered “the blueprint for eating with a small carbon footprint since long before the term was coined,” wrote J.M. Hirsch, Associated Press.

Diet for a Small Planet is a foundational book for modern vegetarianism and shows the social and personal significance of a new way of eating, featuring simple rules for a healthy diet, delicious food combinations of protein-rich meals without meat, and hundreds of recipes.

Her most recent work is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want, released by Nation Books in September. In EcoMind, Lappé argues that much of what is wrong with the world, from eroding soil to eroding democracies, results from ways of thinking that are out of sync with human nature and nature’s rhythms. Humans are doers, she says, but our capacity for doing is undermined by seven “thought traps” that leave us mired in fear, guilt, and despair—none of which are motivators to action.


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