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Anna Lappé is a nationally recognized writer and public speaker and co-founder of the Small Planet Fund. Her first book, the national bestselling Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Tarcher/Putnam 2002), co-written with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, chronicles social movements on five continents addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty. Anna regularly speaks to audiences across the country about food, politics, globalization, and the media and has guest lectured at dozens of universities. In 2002 she was named the first recipient of the Bioneers Youth Award given annually to a leading social activist by one of the country's foremost environmental organizations. Anna holds an M.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. with honors from Brown University.

Bryant Terry was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, where his grandparents taught him to grow, cook and appreciate good food at an early age. He is founding Executive Director of b-healthy! In 2002 Bryant was awarded an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship (Soros Foundation) to support his work in the food justice movement. He has an extensive background in youth development and education, working with young people for over seven years. From 2000-2003 he served as Youth Organizing and Training Coordinator for Citizens for NYC (formerly the Citizens Committee for New York City). Bryant has also served as the Community Food Educator of the Clinton Hill CSA in Brooklyn, NY, and he is currently at work on his first book, Grub: Ideas for an Urban, Organic Kitchen (Tarcher/Penguin 2006) with Anna Lappé. In 2002, he graduated from the Chef's Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City. Bryant received an M.A. in American History from New York University and a B.A. in English from Xavier University of Louisiana (source:

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Santa Cruz 04/24/06Edit

  • While listening to Anna speak (Bryant was busy and couldn't speak at the lecture) I liked what she was saying. I did question some things, such as the fact that big food companies cause diet-related issues such as obsesity, but I mostly just took in what she said. Once I disscussed the lecture later with others who attended, I realized that soem of the things she spoke of contradicted herself. Overall, she was a good speaker (interesting and whatnot), but I felt she wasn't as informed as needed to discuss her topic.-Cheyanne

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