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Diet for a Hot Planet: Anna Lappé in Santa Monica

In honor of being the first city to sign on to the Cool Foods Pledge Campaign, author Anna Lappé will discuss her new book, Diet for a Hot Planet, in a free event at the Santa Monica Public Library. Joining Ms. Lappé for the discussion will be Mary Sue Milliken, the chef/owner of Border Grill and the Border Grill Truck

When: Thursday, April 8, 2010. Book signing begins at 6:30pm; program and reception from 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Where: Santa Monica Public Library, Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica (MLK, Jr. Auditorium)
Cost: Free and open to the public, but seating is limited and will be on a first-arrival basis, and seating tickets will become available at 6:30pm. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services call Library Administration at 310.458.8606 one week before the event.

Diet for a Hot Planet is an investigation into the role industrial agriculture plays in today’s climate crisis. As Ms. Lappé notes on her website:

In these heated debates, the food industry has–so far–managed to stay out of the climate-change hot seat. Most of us don’t think about our lunch when we think about global warming.

Yet, as I’ve said elsewhere on this site, the food system is responsible for as much as one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions are particularly alarming because the food sector is the biggest driver behind methane and nitrous oxide emissions, which have global warming effects many times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

In my third book, Diet for a Hot Planet, I plunge into the heart of this era’s newest food fight with a simple message: if we are serious about addressing climate change, we have to talk about food.

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, television host, and public speaker, and has been recognized for her work on sustainability and food systems. Concerns for sustainability run in the family: She is the daughter of Frances Moore Lappé, author of the groundbreaking Diet for a Small Planet published in 1971.

Listen to Anna Lappé, Frances Moore Lappé, and Marion Nestle talk about why Diet for a Hot Planet is a timely and important work for anyone concerned about sustainable agriculture, personal health