Food Plan

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Anna Lappé, co-founder of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund who serves on the advisory council of the Real Food Challenge, writes about dining hall food activists in this week's issue of The Nation. Joining her on the show is Sam Lipschultz, a Real Food Challenge alum from Sarah Lawrence College.


Anna Lappé and Sam Lipschultz

Comments [10]

Anna Lappe from Brooklyn, NY

I wanted to respond to this important question/comment:

What about the effect on poor non-white people growing food all over the world? The local movement will help destroy jobs and lives all around the world.

I get asked this a lot when I speak about supporting local, sustainable farmers in the United States.

It's important to stress that the current industrial food system isn't working for our small-scale farmers nor is it working for farmers in developing countries who have been pushed off their land or forced to raise commodity crops after decades of development policy pushing export-oriented production.

Many of us who advocate for supporting local farmers in the U.S. stress the need for food sovereignty--farmers and eaters gaining control over their food--globally, too.

That's why, in addition to talking about local, I talk about shrinking the distance between ourselves and our food producers, whether they are farming in the Hudson Valley or in Honduras.

Dec. 17 2009 11:42 AM
Cindy from Jackson, NJ

My daughter is a junior at Sarah Lawrence. This year she is raving about the food. Making the ingredients more environmentally friendly has also improved quality.

Sep. 10 2009 01:42 PM

Great segment! Really inspiring work by these students.

Sep. 08 2009 04:24 PM
jonny goldstein from Philly

Locally grown does not automatically translate into energy efficient.

For example, you could grow a pineapple on Long Island (with the help of some serious artificial lighting and climate control), but it's much more energy (and cost) efficient to eat a pineapple shipped in from Hawaii.

The same goes for most foods. Where you live is not the most efficient place to grow what you eat.

One way people CAN hugely reduce their contribution to global warming is by eating less animal products.

Sep. 08 2009 01:42 PM
John from NYC

How wonderful is this idea about not wasting food! Now American parents don't have to tell their kids something abstract like, 'Don't waste food because there are kids in the third-world who don't get enough to eat.'

All they have to say now is that if you waste food then you are killing the planet!

Unnecessary large-scale food production is Carbon intensive.

Sep. 08 2009 11:05 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

What about the effect on poor non-white people growing food all over the world? The local movement will help destroy jobs and lives all around the world.

Many people gave up growing drugs to grow foods. Many farms overseas are organic, because they never saw chemicals. Many farms in the US have toxic soil.

So many consequences that fussy thinking liberals don't think through.

PS - Brian, no segments on Obama’s school speech (influence them while they’re young) or Van Jones forced to resign because of conservative talk radio outing him as a racist, communist, and 9-11 “truther?” Your sanitized news coverage is very Stalinesque.

Sep. 08 2009 10:59 AM
whoindatgarden from Brooklyn

Unless the guests help push for redefining what it means to be a *developed economy* all their efforts will be just a drop in the ocean.
Currently how we define what it means to being a *developed* economy is directly detrimental to *climate change*.

Sep. 08 2009 10:56 AM
jill from new york

I went to the College of Wooster in Ohio in the 1990s. The students developed a program called "Soup and Bread". Once a week, one of the two cafeterias served only soup and bread at dinner. The money saved at this meal was donated to charities. Not a Real Food Challenge, but a way to be politically active through the dorm food.

Sep. 08 2009 10:56 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

I think I remember a guest on either the BL or LL show saying that local food isn’t necessarily better than food shipped across the country. The example was waste in the form of fertilizers, water management, being “organic”, or labor practices that may be better 2000 miles away that what the local farmer 150 miles away does.
The same with locally grown grains or fruits versus things that could be grown fair trade in South America, Africa, or Asia over growing it subsidized or out of season in the States.

Sep. 08 2009 10:54 AM
whoindatgarden from Brooklyn

Are Americans & the Rest of the Caucasian population willing to redefine what it means to be Developed? That is necessary if we want to have an impact on Climate Change.
Without redefining WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DEVELOPED ECONOMY, any changes that your guests may help bring about will only be a drop in the ocean at the most.

Sep. 08 2009 10:54 AM

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