Family Farm Defenders (Kansas Chapter)

Monday, August 25, 2014

4 pm CT Sat., September 27, 2014, Gus Speth, Food Fight! All Lives Matter!, 90.1 FM, KCMO

 Saturday, September 27, 2014, 4 pm, CDT, 90.1 FM, Kansas City, MO
on Urban Connections with Donna Morrow Wolfe and Maria Whittaker
Food Fight! All Lives Matter!
James Gustave (Gus) Speth
Global Environmental Leader
Vermont Law School Faculty,Gus
4-5pm CT,  Saturday, August 30, 2014
KKFI, 90.1 FM,, Kansas City, MO
On-air call-in number 816 931 5534

A call to Greater KC and beyond, to organize ourselves from the bottom-up to build our collective strength to transform our power relationships with our global, big corporate, industrialized food, agriculture and socio-economic systems, in order to build truly healthy, just, fair and sustainable systems which provide livelihoods with dignity for farm and food workers and small and family farmers. 

"Poor diets kill more brothers than pistols.
We're fighting for our lives like Michael Vic's pit bulls.
Dog eat dog, America eats the young,
We die from beef, but more from meat than the gun.
Bullets for breakfast and mass murder meals.
Enemy of the state, and your plate is the battlefield
in this FOOD FIGHT!"

Biography of James Gustave (Gus) Speth

James Gustave "Gus" Speth joined the faculty at Vermont Law School in 2010. A Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos, he completed his decade-long tenure in 2009 as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From 1993 to 1999, he was administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the U.N. Development Group. Prior to his service at the U.N., he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter administration; and senior attorney and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Throughout his career, Professor Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President's Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment. Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation's Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America's Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Environmental Law Institute and the League of Conservation Voters, and the Blue Planet Prize. He holds honorary degrees from Clark University, College of the Atlantic, Vermont Law School, Middlebury College, and the University of South Carolina. He is the author, co-author or editor of six books, including the award-winning "The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability" and "Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment."

Professor Speth serves on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, World Resources Institute, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New Economics Institute, New Economy Network, 1Sky, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. He graduated from Yale University in 1964 with a BA degree in political science, and earned an LLM degree in economics from Oxford University in 1966 and his JD degree from the Yale Law School in 1969.

Accomplishments & Activities

​Awards, Honors & Grants

  • ​Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, 2013
  • ​Honorary Doctor of Sustainability Science, Unity College, Unity, ME, 2013
  • ​Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT. 2012
  • ​Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 2008
  • ​Honorary Doctor of Science, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. 2007
  • ​Honorary Doctor of Laws, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT. 2005
  • ​Honorary Master of Philosophy. College of the Atlantic. Bar Harbor, ME. 2001
  • ​Honorary Doctor of Laws. Clark University. Worcester, MA. 1995
  • ​Resource Defense Award. National Wildlife Federation. 1975
  • ​Global 500 Honor Role. UN Environment Programme. 1988
  • ​National Leadership Award. Keystone Center. 1991
  • ​Barbara Swain Award. National Resources Council of America. 1992
  • ​Keystone Center Creative Environmental Leadership Award, 1994
  • ​Special Recognition Award. Society for International Development. 1997
  • ​Special Leadership Award. Alliance for United Nations Sustainable Development Programs. 1998
  • ​Ordre National du Lion of Senegal. 1998
  • ​Lifetime Achievement Award. Environmental Law Institute. 1999
  • ​Blue Planet Prize, 2002
  • ​Global Environmental Award. International Association for Impact Assessment. 2005
  • ​Connecticut Book Award, Best Nonfiction Book, 2005 (for Red Sky at Morning)
  • ​Yale Anglers' Journal Hall of Fame, 2006
  • ​DeVane Lecturer, Yale University, 2007
  • ​Hutchinson Medal, The Horticultural Society of Chicago, 2008
  • ​Lifetime Achievement Award, League of Conservation Voters, 2008
  • ​A "Best Book" of the Year, Washington Post Book World, 2008 (for The Bridge at the Edge of the World)
  • ​Yale Law School Association Award of Merit, 2010
  • ​Thomas Berry Great Work Award. Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities, 2013
  • ​Grand Cordon du Wissam Alaouite of Morocco. 1999
  • ​Straus Innovator Award, 2008


  • America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012; paperback, 2013). Translated: German
  • Climate Change Law: Mitigation and Adaptation (St. Paul: Thomson Reuters, 2009) (with others)
  • The Coming Transformation: Values To Sustain Human and Natural Communities (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2009) (Ed. with Stephen Kellert)
  • The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008; paperback, 2009). Translated: Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Korean
  • Global Environmental Governance (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2006) (with Peter Haas)
  • Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004). Translated: German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Turkish. Paperback with new "Afterword" (2005)
  • Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment (Washington, DC: Island Press, 2003) (Ed)
  • ​'Ultimate insider' Goes Radical, by Wen Stephenson, Interview,, September 17, 2012
  • ​"Conversation," in Visions of a Living Earth, A Joint Book Project of Shumei and Navdanya (Koka City Japan: Shumei International Press, 2012), p. 71
  • ​"From Crisis to Sustainability," in Laurie Mazur ed., A Pivotal Moment (Washington, DC: Island Press, 2010), p. 329
  • ​"The Limits of Growth," in Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson eds., Moral Ground (San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2010), p. 3
  • ​"Beyond Economic Recovery," (print) 34573, February 11, 2009
  • ​"Taking Stock: Rethinking Consumerism," Marketplace (interview), July 13, 2009
  • ​"The Global 2000 Report and Its Aftermath," in Larry L. Rockwood et al. eds., Foundations of Environmental Sustainability, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), pg. 47
  • ​"Environmental Pollution: High and Rising," in Peter Borrelli ed., Crossroads: Environmental Priorities for the Future (Washington, DC: Island Press, 2008), pg. 171
  • ​"Groundswell" in Jonathan Isham and Sissel Waage, Ignition (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2007)
  • ​"Foreword" to Robert Repetto, ed., Punctuated Equilibrium and the Dynamics of U.S. Environmental Policy (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006)
  • ​"Foreword" to Daniel R. Abbasi, Americans and Climate Change: Closing the Gap Between Science and Action (New Haven, CT: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2006)
  • ​"Creating a Sustainable Future: Are We Running Out of Time?" in Robert Olson and David Rejeski, Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2005)
  • ​"Foreword" to James Rasband et al., Natural Resources Law and Policy (New York: Foundation Press, 2004)
  • ​"Global Environmental Agenda: Origins and Prospects," in D. Esty and M. Ivanova, eds., Global Environmental Governance: Options and Opportunities (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2002)
  • ​"Development Assistance and Poverty," in J. Dernbach, ed., Stumbling Toward Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute, 2002)
  • ​"Foreword" to Ralph Schmidt, et al., eds., Forests to Fight Poverty: Creating National Strategies (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999)
  • ​"Unequal Human Impacts of Environmental Damage," in Ahmad K. Hegazy, ed., Environment 2000 and Beyond (Cairo, Egypt: Horus, 1999), pg. 85
  • ​"Foreword" to Susan Holcombe, Managing to Empower: Grameen Bank's Experience of Poverty Alleviation (Zed Books, 1995)
  • ​"Transitions to a Sustainable Society," in Human Impact on the Environment: Ancient Roots, Current Challenges (Judith E. Jacobsen & John Firor eds.), 1992
  • ​"Can the World Be Saved?" in Anthony B. Wolbarst ed., Environment in Peril (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Press, 1991), pg. 64
  • ​"Introduction," in Deserts on the March (Paul B. Sears), Island Press, 1988
  • ​"The Environmental Dimension to the Debt Crisis: The Problem and Five Proposals," in Latin America's Debt Crisis: Adjusting to the Past or Planning for the Future? (Robert A. Pastor, ed.), 1987
  • ​"A New Institute for World Resources," in American Oxonian Vol. LXX, No. 1, 1983
  • ​"A Gus Speth Reader," in Huge Nash, ed., Progress As If Survival Mattered (San Francisco: Friends of the Earth, 1981)
  • ​"Environmental Regulation: The ImMOBILization of Truth," in Business and the Environment: Toward Common Ground. (Kent Gilbreath, ed.), 1980
  • ​"Corporate Responsibility and Toxic Chemicals," in Life After '80: Environmental Choices We Can Live With (K. Courrier, ed.) 1980
  • ​"The Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972," in Elaine Moss ed., Land Use Controls in the United States (New York: Natural Resources Defense Council and Dial Press, 1977), pg. 68
  • ​"Growth Fetish: Five Reasons Why Prioritizing Growth Is Bad Policy," Huffington Post, September 30, 2013.
  • ​"A Vision of America the Possible," Solutions, vol. 4, issue 1, April 2013
  • ​ "Will Branding Help?," Earth Island Journal, Spring, 2013, p. 40
  • ​ "A New American Dream,", October 3, 2012
  • ​"For Rio+20: A Charter for a New Economy," Solutions, May/June 2012, p. 24.
  • "How Can We Create a Successful Economy Without Continuous Economic Growth," Center for Humans and Nature, June 13, 2012
  • ​"Building the New Economy: Ten Steps We Can Take Now," New Economics Institute, June 8, 2012
  • ​"America the Possible-A Manifesto; Part I-From Decline to Rebirth," Orion, March/April, 2012
  • ​"America the Possible-A Manifesto; Part II-A New Politics for a New Dream," Orion, May/June, 2012
  • ​"Manifesto for a Post-Growth Economy," Yes! Magazine, September 19, 2012
  • ​"American Passage: Towards a New Economy and a New Politics," Ecological Economics, Vol. 84, December 2012, p. 181
  • ​ "Letter to Liberals: Liberalism, Environmentalism, and Economic Growth," 2010 Schumacher Lecture, published at Vermont Law Review, vol. 35, No. 3, Spring, 2011, p. 547; Ethics, Policy and Environment, vol. 14, No. 1 (March 2011), p. 43; and, September 12, 2011.
  • ​"American Prospect: Decline and Rebirth," Solutions, Vol. 2, No. 4 (July-August 2011)
  • "Communicating Environmental Risks in an Age of Disinformation," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July/August 2011
  • ​"Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics," Great Transition Initiative Perspectives, Tellus Institute, March, 2011
  • ​"What Is the American Dream? Dueling Dualities in the American Tradition,", June 25, 2011



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