World community food sources are abundant while people starve and the social, political and economic costs of dietary excess continue. From this chaos people have been inspired to make local decisions about their food sources and land use.
Authors Frances Moore Lappe and her daughter, Anna Lappe, found grassroots democracy springing up all over the world.
COURTESY SARAH PUTNAM
These giggling 3- and 4-year-olds in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, get four nutritious meals a day in an innovative city program that treats food as a right of citizenship. Children in poor communities are given tasty food enriched with ground eggshell, manioc leaves and other nutritious ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away.
PHOTO: ANNA BLYTH LAPPE
Children in Berkeley, California's Edible Schoolyard have started a Green Revolution by growing for themselves. The Schoolyard is one of many initiatives the Lappes cover in Hope's Edge.
ANNA BLYTH LAPPE
Former prison inmate Phillip Limutau is now a staff member with the Garden Project, which grows organic food for indigent people in San Francisco.
Thousands of women's lives in Bangladesh have been transformed by loans from Grameen Bank. The United Nations wants to expand the concept.