Anna Lappé Biography
Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and public speaker, known for her
work on sustainable agriculture, food politics, and social change. Named one of
TIMEs Eco-Whos Who, Anna has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet,
O-The Oprah Magazine, Domino, Food & Wine, and Vibe, among other outlets. She
has appeared on the cover of several national magazines and was named by Organic
Style as one of the nations leading environmental changemakers. In 2007, she
was honored, along with New York Time columnist Nicholas Kristof, by The Missing
Peace Project and was featured with Karenna Schiff Gore and Amanda Hearst in
Contribute Magazines 21 Under 40 Making a Difference.
With her mother Frances Moore Lappé, Anna leads the Cambridge-based Small Planet
Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education, and the
Small Planet Fund, which has nearly half a million dollars for democratic social
movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the
Funds founding in 2002.
Anna is a co-host of the 2007 public television series, The Endless Feast, and
has appeared on more than one hundred radio and television shows, including Fox,
NBC, PBS, and the CBC in Canada, as well as nationally syndicated radio
programs, including National Public Radios Weekend Edition, The Diane Rehm
Show, Talk to America, and WYNCs Leonard Lopate Show. Anna is a frequent
lecturer and has spoken at dozens of universities and colleges across the
country, including Allegheny College, Boston College, Brown University, Columbia
University, New York University, Wesleyan, and Yale University.
Annas first book Hopes Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Tarcher/Penguin
2002), co-written with Frances Moore Lappé, chronicles courageous social
movements around the world addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty.
Winner of the Nautilus Award for Social Change, Hopes Edge has been published
in several languages and is used in classrooms across the country.
Called ingenious by The New York Times, Annas second book Grub: Ideas for
an Urban Organic Kitchen (Tarcher/Penguin 2006), with chef Bryant Terry and
a foreword by Eric Schlosser, combines an exposé on industrial agriculture with
hands-on tools and menus to create healthier lives for ourselves. For the Eat
Grub education tour, Anna traveled to fifty-five cities and participated in
more than one hundred events.
Annas writing has been widely published in The Washington Post, Los Angeles
Times, International Herald Tribune, and Canadas Globe and Mail. Anna is also a
contributing author to a number of books, including We Got Issues!: A Young
Women's Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life (Inner Ocean: September
2006), WorldChanging: A Users Guide to the 21st Century (Abrams 2006), and
Feeding the Future: How the Battle Over Food Will Change Your Life (Realize
Media 2004). In 2006, Anna was a consulting editor for a special issue on food
for The Nation.
Anna also serves as a consultant to foundations, media projects, and non-profit
organizations. She is an active board member of the Center for Media and
Democracy and the Community Food Security Coalition, the nations leading
network of food justice and sustainable agriculture organizations.
Anna holds an M.A. in Economic and Political Development from Columbia
Universitys School of International and Public Affairs and graduated with
honors from Brown University. From 2004 to 2006 she was a Food and Society
Policy Fellow, a national program of the WK Kellogg Foundation.
Anna has worked in South Africa, England, and France. She is currently an Innovator at the Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming and a Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute.
She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and daughter.
This biography was last updated on 07/22/2011.
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