A Positive Outlook on Ending Hunger

cornucopia“I was just absolutely swept away. I thought: Oh my gosh! If people only knew that hunger is needless, hunger is human-made, that we would all do something.”

— Frances Moore Lappe

I was blown away by the simple message spoken by Frances Moore Lappe on the radio yesterday. I was not familiar with her, yet I couldn’t wait to hear more! She seemed so new, vibrant, fresh and alive in her outlook on changing the world’s issues. When I realize that she has been writing books for over 30 years, I was in awe.

The more she spoke of places that she had visited and the changes they had implemented to alleviate hunger on pennies a day, I was amazed. This article on treehugger.com features a wonderful interview about a community in Brazil that decided food was a basic human right and made a serious impact on hunger with just pennies a day.

Lappe and her daughter head smallplanet.org, which is a fountain of information about everything green.  You can buy one of her books, like Hope’s Edge or Diet for a Small Planet. You can also stay informed on legislation that is being discussed that impacts our food, like this one.

It is so refreshing to hear her positive message calling us to make a difference.  You can listen to the interview I heard on human media.org

What positive impact stories do you have to share?  I’d love to hear them, too!

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  1. When my son asked me which cookbook to get as a first cookbook I immediately thought of Diet for a Small Planet. I learned so much from this book about 20 years ago when I first discovered it. I still have it on my bookshelf and refer to it sometimes for a particular recipe. For a vegetarian it was like coming across gold for the wealth it offered in non meat recipes and protein combining.

  2. I heard about this Mother-Daughter duo on one of the blogs I subscribe to. What they are trying to achieve is inspiring. I now follow them on Twitter and Facebook. We are so very lucky to be able to afford food and shelter, unlike some places around the world. And some areas in the U.S.

    Thanks for the post. It’s a timely piece, right before Thanksgiving.