When i went to St. Louis University to hear Lappe speak, I saw a young woman on the stage I assumed was an undergraduate to introduce Ms. Lappe. At the appointed time, she rose and began to speak with a passion and devotion, but without notes, that proved her dedication and knowledge.
The results of the Green Revolution were just beginning to be questioned as a way of ending world hunger, and Lappe was leading the way to demonstrate that world hunger could not be solved soley by increased production. Indeed, enough food was being produced to feed the world, but unequal distribution was the underlying cause of the hunger spots in the world. Maldistribution, not malproduction, was the root cause. Later, in another book, Lappe would show that problems existed with maxium production because diets high in red meat caused health problems.
Enough data were available for Lappe to prove her point, and later research has confirmed it. I am glad that I used Food First as a text for a seminar clsss, and her example focused the research in my own book, Culture and Agriculture.