Taking Charge of World Community Food Sources

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.

| June/July 2002

  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    Former prison inmate Phillip Limutau is now a staff member with the Garden Project, which grows organic food for indigent people in San Francisco.
    MATTHEW SUMNER
  • Authors Frances Moore Lappe and her daughter, Anna Lappe, found grassroots democracy springing up all over the world.
    Authors Frances Moore Lappe and her daughter, Anna Lappe, found grassroots democracy springing up all over the world.
    COURTESY SARAH PUTNAM
  • Thousands of women's lives in Bangladesh have been transformed by loans from Grameen Bank. The United Nations wants to expand the concept.
    Thousands of women's lives in Bangladesh have been transformed by loans from Grameen Bank. The United Nations wants to expand the concept.
    ANNA BLYTH LAPP

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Former prison inmate Phillip Limutau is now a staff member with the Garden Project, which grows organic food for indigent people in San Francisco.
  • Authors Frances Moore Lappe and her daughter, Anna Lappe, found grassroots democracy springing up all over the world.
  • Thousands of women's lives in Bangladesh have been transformed by loans from Grameen Bank. The United Nations wants to expand the concept.

People discover they can be in charge of world community food sources by making local decisions about food.

In their quietly elegant way, Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe are sowing the seeds of and reporting on a revolution. Frances calls it the "Rebellion of the Guinea Pigs," and it's one that involves us all.

As citizens of the industrialized world, we are part of what Frances — Frankie, as she's known informally — describes as "the greatest nutrition experiment ever conducted." Our high-sugar, high-fat diet marks a radical departure from the unprocessed, plant-centered diet of our ancestors. In the United States alone, staggering statistics for obesity and diet-related diseases show just how poorly the guinea pigs — that would be us — are doing.

The diet isn't so great for our planet either, devouring water and prime agricultural land and spewing cancer-causing chemicals into the soil, air and water, in quantities too vast for the ecosystem to process. The social, political and economic costs of this dietary excess boggle the mind, but here's one statistic to consider: Approximately 1 billion people on Earth are obese; roughly an equal number are starving. Within that disparity lie chasms of potential conflict for world community food sources.



Something has to give. And as the mother-daughter duo demonstrate in example after example in their heartening book, Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet, ending this "experiment" can be lifesaving, health and community producing, deeply satisfying and joyous. Most revolutions can't be described as delicious. This one absolutely is.

Thirty years ago Frances Moore Lappe became a household name with the publication of her remarkable little book, Diet for a Small Planet. That earth-shaking book was the product of a questing intellect, which still hasn't hung up its traveling shoes. She was 26, living in Berkeley, California, the heart of the we-can-change-the-world '60s zeitgeist, and her questions seemed fairly simple: What causes poverty? What can we do to end hunger and suffering? Why isn't there enough food?






Mother Earth News Fair Schedule 2019

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: February, 16-17 2019
Belton, TX

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!

LEARN MORE






Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Money-Saving Tips in Every Issue!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).


Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard
Free Product Information Classifieds

}