Dr Robert Herendeen is a fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Before becoming a Gund Fellow, Dr. Herendeen was a faculty member at University of Illinois for the past few decades. His primary research surrounded Input-Output (economic) analysis to determine the resource requirements and other impacts of consumption of goods and service, following the parallels between economic and ecological systems, and analysis of perturbed ecosystems. His most recent work covers the energy implications of sprawl vs. compact living.

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Who cannot appreciate the intensity of Frances Moore Lappé’s vision “that ideas have enormous power and that humans are capable of changing failing ideas in order to turn our planet toward life”? Starting with Diet for a Small Planet (1971), she has written ten books describing democratic, humane, and enlightened solutions to hunger and social …

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