Media Advisory:”Diet for a Small Planet” author to give talk

ATTENTION: Reporters covering food politics and lifestyle, and general assignment and features desks


Frances Moore Lappé, who revolutionized conventional thinking about food policy and hunger in the 1970s with her bestseller, “Diet for a Small Planet,” will give a talk at the University of California, Berkeley, on the 40th anniversary of the book’s first edition. The title of Lappé’s lecture is “Living Democracy and Social Justice: Everyday Connections between Global Hunger, Environmental Sustainability and Food Policy.”

The event is hosted by the School of Social Welfare, where Lappé was a student. Co-sponsors include the College of Natural Resources, the Graduate School of Journalism and the Blum Center for Developing Economies.


This Thursday, April 7, 6-7:30 p.m. A media availability is scheduled for 4 p.m. followed by a reception at 5 p.m. 


Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor of Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. A media availability will be held in Room 330 in Blum Hall, which is located next to Sutardja Dai Hall. See a campus map at


In addition to writing the 1971 “Diet for a Small Planet” and 16 other books, Lappé is co-founder of the Oakland-based Food First: The Institute for Food & Development Policy, and the Cambridge, Mass.-based Small Planet Institute. Her latest book is “Getting a Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want.” Gourmet Magazine has ranked Lappé among the top 25 individuals who have changed the way Americans eat. She is also the 2008 recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian Award.

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