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“Diet for a Small Planet” Event Highlights Sustainability, Calls for Action


An event from the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies featured Frances Moore Lappé, author of the pioneering Diet for a Small Planet.

The first major book to note the environmental impact of meat production as wasteful and a contributor to global food scarcity, Diet for a Small Planet speaks to the importance of more effective food policy and the power of environmental vegetarianism. 

Frances Moore Lappé photo by by Manahl Marielle

Frances Moore Lappé (Photo by Manahl Marielle)

The event, which included commentary by Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition Marion Nestle, Professor of Food Studies Amy Bentley, and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies David Kanter, was part of NYU’s 2040 Now. A University-wide sustainability initiative, 2040 Now provides a range of forums – including community challenges, events, exhibitions, and competitions – to explore NYU’s community response to the challenge of climate change. 

“Delicious, healthy, planet-friendly food is a centerpiece of NYU’s climate action, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome to campus Frances Moore Lappé, who started it all,” said Cecil Scheib, NYU’s Chief Sustainability Officer.

NYU plans to be climate neutral by 2040 and reduce the climate impact of its food purchasing 25% by 2030 as part of the Cool Food Pledge.

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