Author and Sustainable Food Advocate
Brooklyn, New York

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and sought-after public speaker, respected for her work on sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change. Named one of Time’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund. In her latest book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury, April 2010), Anna deftly explains the links between today’s global food system and climate change, and offers ideas and inspiration for making sustainable food choices that can provide a catalyst for healing the planet. Booklist calls it “Responsibly researched and cogently articulated.” With her mother Frances Moore Lappé, Anna co-founded the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education about the root causes of hunger and poverty. The Lappés are also co-founders of the Small Planet Fund, which has raised more than $600,000 for democratic social movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund’s founding in 2002.    Anna has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O: The Oprah Magazine, Domino, Food & Wine, Body + Soul, Natural Health, and Vibe, among many other publications and appears frequently on television, from PBS and FoxNews to the CBC in Canada. Anna is the host of MSN’s Practical Guide to Healthy Living and is a co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast. She can also be seen as a featured expert on the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet and the PBS documentary, Nourish: Food + Community. Anna is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and has been on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show and Leonard Lopate Show. Anna’s first book Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Tarcher/Penguin 2002), co-written with Frances Moore Lappé, chronicles courageous social movements around the world. Winner of the Nautilus Award for Social Change, Hope’s Edge has been published in several languages and is used in dozens of classrooms, from Toronto to Tokyo. Anna’s second book Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Tarcher/Penguin 2006), showcases the ecological and social benefits of sustainable food and brings this diet to life with the seasonal menus of chef Bryant Terry. Anna’s writing has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Anna is also a contributing author to Food Inc., WorldChanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century, and Feeding the Future: How the Battle over Food Will Change Your Life, among other books. Her writing and advocacy have earned Anna numerous accolades. In 2009, The New York Times magazine featured Anna among a handful of “food fighters.” In 2007, she was chosen by the Missing Peace Project for the Compassion in Action Award and in 2006 Anna was selected for Contribute magazine’s “21 Under 40 Making a Difference.” A frequent public speaker, Anna has participated in hundreds of events, from community food festivals to university lectures. She has been a featured speaker and guest lecturer at dozens of colleges and universities, including Boston College, Brown University, Columbia University, Dominican University, Northwestern University, Wesleyan, and Yale University, among many others. Anna holds an M.A. in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s 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 with the WK Kellogg Foundation. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and daughter. Learn more at