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The New York Times interviews alum Frances Moore Lappé

January 13, 2020

Frances Moore Lappé ’66, the author of the best-selling book Diet for a Small Planet, was recently interviewed by The New York Times about climate change and her desire to make democracy work for more people.

Lappé was the subject a recent The New York Times Magazine feature, "Frances Moore Lappé changed how we eat. She wants to do the same for our democracy."

“I want to shift people away from thinking: Democracy, that’s for somebody else. That’s policy, wonky stuff,” Lappé says in the interview. “It’s not. Participating in democracy is the essence of a good life.”

She is the author or co-author of 19 influential books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment.

In 2008, she received the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award for her lifelong impact on the way people all over the world think about food, nutrition and agriculture.

In 1987, Lappé received the Right Livelihood Award, which is considered an alternative Nobel Prize, for revealing causes of world hunger and proposing solutions to them. She is also the recipient of 19 honorary doctorates from distinguished institutions.

At Earlham, Lappé earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. In 2014, she returned to campus to give a lecture entitled “Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want.”

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