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Food and Climate Change Day: A Panel Discussion with Anna Lappé

After our sunny celebration at the Better Together Garden at City Hall we braved the two block stretch to the Portland Building for Part Deux of Food and Climate Change Day: a panel discussion with Anna Lappé. Anna Lappé

Diet for a Hot PlanetLappé’s new book, Diet for a Hot Planet, is not only packed with useful information and entertaining anecdotes from Anna’s research, but explores a central issue to the city: the connection between food and climate change. With Portland’s 2009 Climate Action Plan underway, reducing our carbon “forkprint” is key.

Lappé was joined by a diverse panel of four other inspiring individuals working to transform the food system in Oregon and beyond, including: Scott Givot, President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals; Allison Hensey of the Oregon Environmental Council; Chris Schreiner, executive director of Oregon Tilth;

Kumar Venkat, president of CleanMetrics. Steve Cohen, Portland Food Policy and Programs manager, moderated the lively discussion.

The panelists had differing points of view, but agreed that the impact of the food industry on climate change is huge and may be responsible for up to one third of greenhouse gas emissions. It is so expansive that cross industry cooperation will be necessary for any significant change. Lappé’s book offers seven principles of a climate friendly diet and during the panel she revealed a hidden eighth principle that “goes beyond our plate.” A recorded version of the discussion, is available in two parts from our friends at KBOO Community Radio here and here.panelists at Food and Climate Change Day

And check out this video from Net Green News which gives a concise explanation of the connections between food and climate. Casey Hatfield, who stopped by the Garden Rededication, advocates for Lappé’s climate friendly diet and gives a shout out to our Urban Growth Bounty classes (Warning: close ups of fast food included!).