Guest Blogger

Anna Lappe

Anna Lappe

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, widely respected for her work on sustainability and food systems. Her most recent book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About it, has been called “impeccable, informative and inspiring” by Booklist. She is also the co-author of Hope’s Edge, with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen with eco-chef Bryant Terry. A founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund, Anna can be seen as the host of MSN’s Practical Guide to Healthier Living and The Endless Feast, a public television series about the connection between food and community. An active board member of Rainforest Action Network, Anna has been named one of Time’s “Eco” Who’s Who, and has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O-The Oprah Magazine, and Food & Wine among many other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Learn more at

In Diet for a Hot Planet, Anna Lappé deftly explains the links between our global food system and climate change and offers ideas and inspiration for making sustainable food choices that can provide a catalyst for transforming the nvironment.

In this engaging and controversial new book, Anna argues that if we are serious about addressing climate change, we have to talk about food. She exposes the interests resisting this conversation and the spin-tactics employed to avoid it. Lappé also presents a vision of a future in which our food system is a key part of healing the planet—and the climate.

Nearly forty years ago, Anna Lappé's mother, Frances Moore Lappé, wrote Diet for a Small Planet—a book that sparked a revolution in the way we eat and see the world. Today, Anna picks up the conversation, educating and inspiring a new generation.


Blog Posts by Anna Lappe

  • Marketing Food to Children

    The Video That Coca-Cola And McDonald’s Hope You Never See and You Should Watch NOW!

    Can you guess how much money the food industry spends marketing to kids? It’s a shocking amount, but here’s the thing — it’s not enough to just turn off the television. Now kids are marketed to on every platform, including sponsored ads on some school’s workbooks. If that’s not bad enough some companies like Coca-Cola […]

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  • Three Strikes You're Out: The Attack on Organic Food and Why It's Wrong

    Three Strikes You’re Out: The Attack on Organic Food and Why It’s Wrong

    News flash: the chairman of the board of one of the largest food companies in the world—whose tripling in profits from 2009 to nearly $43 billion in 2010 was generating from selling mainly processed foods produced with inputs from industrial, chemical farms—is “skeptical” of organic food, reports

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  • Give Ronald a Rest

    Give Ronald a Rest

    What do Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald have in common? They’re among the most widely recognized children’s figures in the world.  The globe-trotting Ronald launched his career in the early 1960s as the “Hamburger-Happy Clown” in television spots promoting the fast food giant’s fare to kids. Now, nearly fifty years after the clown first starting […]

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  • You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream… for Organic

    You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream… for Organic

    “What produce is organic?” I ask at my corner market near my apartment. The women working the cash registers look at me blankly and say, virtually in unison, “None.” (And here I was thinking the fact that the store has “green” in its name meant that it would obviously carry organic products).

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  • Babies, Bananas, and the Importance of Going Organic

    Babies, Bananas, and the Importance of Going Organic

    My 10-month old daughter is a banana fanatic. When I get home from the store with a new bunch, I try to discreetly put the yellow bundle in the fruit basket. She always catches me, perks up from whatever is her fascination of the moment (a piece of paper lately) and lets out a squeal. […]

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  • The Problem with Palm Oil

    The Problem with Palm Oil

    Pick up a box of Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Pringles, or Philadelphia cream cheese, and global warming is probably pretty far from your mind. But these treats—along with a plethora of other popular products, including cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, and fabric softeners—share a common ingredient: palm oil.

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  • The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It

    The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It

    Unseasonably hot days feel different lately. They don’t just make me feel warm; they make me worried, too. I get to thinking about whether the sweltering is a bellwether of our future. Climate scientists tell us we can’t extrapolate from anecdotal experience like my weather worries, but we now have the data to confirm that […]

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