Publications and Presentations

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

  1. M. J. Chappell. “Alternative agriculture, the vernacular, and the MST: Re-creating subsistence as the sustainable development of human rights.” (In press.) In J. Murton, D. Bavington, and C. Dokis (eds.), Subsistence Under Capitalism: Nature and Economy in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Rural, Wildland and Resource Studies Series. Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  2. F. Goulart, I. Perfecto, J. Vandermeer, D. Boucher, M. J. Chappell, G. W. Fernandes, A. Scariot, M. Corrêa da Silva, W. Oliveira, R. Neville, J. Moore, M. Bustamante, S. Ribeiro Carvalho, B. Soares-Filho. “Beef production and GHG emissions: Response to Oliveira Silva et al.,” [peer-reviewed letter]. (In press.) Nature Climate Change.
  3. M. E. Schipanski, G. K. MacDonald, S. Rosenzweig, M. J. Chappell, E. M. Bennett, R. Bezner Kerr, J. Blesh, T. Crews, L. Drinkwater, J. G. Lundgren, and C. Schnarr. (In press). “Realizing resilient food systems.” BioScience. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biw052.
  4. M. J. Chappell, J. R. Moore, and A. A. Heckelman. (In press.) “Participation in a city food security program may be linked to higher ant alpha and beta diversity: An exploratory case from Belo Horizonte, Brazil.” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. DOI: 10.1080/21683565.2016.1160020.
  5. B. E. Graeub, M. J. Chappell, H, Wittman, S. Ledermann, R. Bezner Kerr, and B. Gemmill-Herren. (In press.) “The State of Family Farms in the World.” World Development. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.05.012. [OPEN ACCESS]
  6. J. A. Oldekop, M. J. Chappell, F. E. Borges Peixoto, A. P. Paglia, M. Schmoeller do Prado Rodrigues, and K. L. Evans. (2015). “Linking Brazil’s food security policies to agricultural change: key lessons from the state of Minas Gerais.” Food Security, Vol. 7(4): 779-793. DOI: 10.1007/s12571-015-0475-4.
  7. A.-M. Klein, V. Boreux, M. J. Chappell, S. M. Philpott and J. Fischer (2014). “Forest islands in an agricultural sea.” Pages 79-95 in C. Kettle and L. P. Koh, editors. Global forest fragmentation, green islands of the Anthropocene. Wallingford: CABI. DOI: 10.1079/9781780642031.0079. [abstract]
  8. J. Loos, D. J. Abson, M. J. Chappell, J. Hanspach, F. Mikulcak, M. Tichit, and J. Fischer. “Putting meaning back into ‘sustainable intensification.’” (2014). Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 12(6): 356–361. DOI: 10.1890/130157 [pdf]
  9. J. Fischer,  D. J. Abson, V. Butsic, M. J. Chappell, J. Ekroos, J. Hanspach, T. Kuemmerle, H. G. Smith and H. von Wehrden (2013). “Land sparing versus land sharing: moving forward.” Conservation Letters, Vol. 7(3): 149–157. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12084. [OPEN ACCESS]
  10. M. J. Chappell, H. K. Wittman, C. M. Bacon, B. Ferguson, L. García Barrios, R. García Barrios, D. Jaffee, J. Lima, V. E. Méndez, H. Morales, L. Soto-Pinto, J. H. Vandermeer, and I. Perfecto. (2013). “Food sovereignty for poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation in Latin America.” [v1; ref status: indexed,]. F1000Research, Vol. 2(235). DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.2-235.v1. [OPEN ACCESS: pdf]
  11. M. J. Chappell. (2013). “Global movements for food justice”, in R. Herring (ed.), Handbook on food, politics and society/Oxford Handbooks Online. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. [pdf]
  12. B. B. Lin, M. J. Chappell, J. H. Vandermeer, G. R. Smith, E. Quintero, R. Bezner-Kerr, D. M. Griffith, S. Ketcham, S. C. Latta, P. McMichael, K. L. McGuire, R. Nigh, D. Rocheleau, J. Soluri and I. Perfecto. (2011). “Effects of industrial agriculture on global warming and the mitigation potential of small-scale agro-ecological farms.” CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition, and Natural Resources, Vol. 6(020): 1-18. [pdf]
  13. M. J. Chappell and L. A. LaValle**. (2011). “Food security and biodiversity: Can we have both? An agroecological analysis.”Agriculture and Human Values, Vol. 28(1): 3-26. [pdf]
  14. E. Nivia, I. Perfecto, M. Ahumada, K. Luz, R. Pérez, M. J. Chappell, et al. (2009). “Agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean: Context, evolution and current situation.” Pages 1-74 in B. D. McIntyre, H. R. Herren, J. Wakhungu, and R. T. Watson, editors. Volume III: Latin America and the Caribbean, of The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD): Agriculture at a Crossroads. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.
  15. J. H. Vandermeer, I. Perfecto, S. M. Philpott, and M. J. Chappell. (2008). “Reenfocando la conservación en el paisaje: La importancia de la matrix” in C. A. Harvey and J. C. Saénz (eds.), Evaluación y conservación de biodiversidad en paisajes fragmentados en Mesoamérica. Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica: Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio).
  16. C. Badgley, J. Moghtader, E. Quintero, E. Zakem, M. J. Chappell, K. Avilés Vázquez, A. Samulon, and I. Perfecto. (2007). “Organic agriculture and the global food supply.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol. 22(2): 86-108. [pdf]

Other Publications

  1. M. J. Chappell and M. Schneider. “The new three-legged stool: Food sovereignty, food justice, and agroecology” (in press). In M. C. Rawlinson, editor. Routledge Handbook of Food Ethics. New York, NY: Routledge.
  2. A. Scariot, M. Alexiades, G. W. Fernandes, J. H. Vandermeer, M. J. Chappell, B. S. Soares Filho, F. F. Goulart, B. Rainieri, E. Matricardi. “Land sparing and land use in synergy” [E-letter]. (2016). In response to Science, Vol. 351(6272): 450-451. URL:
  3. M. J. Chappell. (2016). “Commentary on ‘Farming for a small planet: Agroecology now,'” Great Transition Initiative. Published April 2016:
  4. L. Carlisle and M. J. Chappell. (2015). “A Better Way for Our Food System.” The Equation [Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]. Published 17 November 2015.
  5. M. J. Chappell. (2015). “Contribution to Africa Regional Meeting on Agroecology: Supporting communities and building healthy soil through investment in and accountability to local communities.” IATP Commentary. Published 17 November 2015. Available at
  6. M. J. Chappell, M. A. Altieri, C. Anderson, and 38 others. (2015.) “Scientists’ Open Letter to FAO Director General Graziano da Silva, in Support of the February 2015 Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology.” (Lead drafter and coordinator.) Available at
  7. J. Carlson and M. J. Chappell. “Deepening Food Democracy.” (2015.) Report for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Minneapolis, MN. URL:
  8. M. J. Chappell, D. J. Abson, M. A. Altieri, and 70 others. (2014). “Scientists’ Support Letter for the FAO International Symposium on Agroecology, 18-19 September, 2014.” (Lead drafter and coordinator.) Available at
  9. M. Schmoeller do Prado Rodrigues, J. A. Oldekop, M. J. Chappell, A. P. Paglia, F. E. B. Peixoto. (2013). “Relacionando políticas de combate à fome a mudanças agrícolas: um estudo de caso em Mário Campos – MG” (Relating policies to combat hunger with agricultural change: A case study in Mario Campos, Minas Gerais State). Report to the Minas Gerais State Enterprise for Technical Assistance and Rural Extension (EMATER-MG) and Belo Horizonte Municipal Secretariat of Food and Nutrition Security (SMASAN-BH).
  10. Fischer, D. J. Abson, V. Butsic, M. J. Chappell, J. Ekroos, J. Hanspach, T. Kuemmerle, H. G. Smith, and H. von Wehrden. “Land sparing versus land sharing: moving forward” [Conference proceeding]. (2013). Aspects of Applied Biology, Vol. 121, pp. 105-107.
  11. J. Hanspach, D. J. Abson, J. Loos, M. Tichit, M. J. Chappell and J. Fischer. (2013). “Develop, Then Intensify” [Letter to the editor]. Science, Vol. 341(6147): 713.
  12. M. J. Chappell. (2013). “The Localization Reader” [book review]. Landscape Ecology, Vol. 28(8): 1631-33. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-013-9890-0.
  13. R. A. Neville de la Rosa, J. R. Moore, J. L. Zemaitis, and M. J. Chappell. (2012). “The ‘Goldilocks Hypothesis’: Mis-specification, omissions and errors in ‘sparing land for nature.'” Poster presented at the Joint Poster Session on Climate, land use, and agricultural and natural resources: Activities in interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. Hosted by BioEarth, CEREO, and CSANR (WSU), and the State of Washington Water Research Center (SWWRC), Washington State University, Pullman, WA. [pdf]
  14. J. Fischer, P. Batáry, K.S. Bawa, L. Brussaard, M. J. Chappell, Y. Clough, G.C. Daily, J. Dorrough, T. Hartel, L.E. Jackson, A.-M. Klein, C. Kremen, T. Kuemmerle, D.B. Lindenmayer, H.A. Mooney, I. Perfecto, S.M. Philpott, T. Tscharntke, J.H. Vandermeer, T.C. Wanger and H. von Wehrden. (2011). “Land sparing is a simplistic solution for a complex problem” [Letter to the editor]. Science 334(6056): 593.
  15. M. J. Chappell and H. N. Sears**, with additional material by J. R. Moore**. (2011). “Food security in Latin America” in Freelance Europa World (ed.), Europa regional surveys of the world: South America, Central America and the Caribbean 2012. London, UK: Europa Publications.
  16. M. J. Chappell. (2010). “Production isn’t the core problem”, “Let’s examine the Indian ‘Success Story’”, and “True agroecology is by and for the people” in M. Montenegro (ed.), Food Fight: A Seed Magazine Debate, Parts I-III (w/R. Paarlberg). Links to all three parts can be found in the concluding piece:
  17. M. J. Chappell, J. H. Vandermeer, C. Badgley, and I. Perfecto. (2009). “Wildlife-friendly farming vs. land sparing” [Letter to the editor]. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7(4): 183-184. [pdf]
  18. C. Badgley, I. Perfecto, M. J. Chappell, and A. Samulon. (2007). “Strengthening the case for organic agriculture: Response to Alex Avery” [Forum Response]. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol. 22(4): 323-324.
  19. M. J. Chappell. (2007). “Shattering myths: Can sustainable agriculture feed the world?” FoodFirst Institute for Food and Development Policy Backgrounder, Vol. 13(3): 1-4. Available at

Presentations and Interviews Available On-line:

  1. Food sovereignty as showing up,” (originally titled “Food sovereignty and deep/deliberative/participatory democracy.”) Food Sovereignty: Local Struggles, Global Movement, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. (May 29, 2015)
  2. Eco-commensalism: Setting the table for what comes after capitalism.” Teach-In +50: End the War Against the Planet, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. (March 28, 2015)
  3. A. Aubrey (moderator), J. Larsen, M. J. Chappell, N. Kazi, P. Hess, E. Broad Leib, and B. Ekwall.“Pushing for better agriculture research and policy” (Invited panelist). 2015 Food Tank Summit, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (January 22, 2015) [link]
  4. M. J. Chappell, N. DiNicola, and M. Gunther (moderator). “Debating the future of food” (Morning Keynote). Breaking Boundaries: 2014 Net Impact Conference. Minneapolis, MN. (November 8, 2014)
  5. “‘Sustainability without justice is sustained injustice’: The problems of sustainable intensification.” Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture Colloquium, Iowa State University, Des Moines, IA. (October 22, 2014)
  6. Agroecology and food sovereignty as viable alternatives to land-grabbing and corporate-dominated development paradigms for Africa.” Empowered Africa: A Progressive Dialogue, Howard University, Washington, D.C. (August 4, 2014).
  7. “Small-scale family farming as a necessary but not sufficient foundation for food security, food sovereignty, and sustainability.” (At minute 55:00) International Conference on Feeding Cities, 2014: Rural-Urban Connections and the Future of Family Farming, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. (June 24, 2014). [pdf of slides]
  8. Stakeholders & synergies: Socio-economic dimensions of sustainable ag.” 2013 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium of the World Food Prize: The Next Borlaug Century. Des Moines, IA. (October 18, 2013). [In Portuguese]
  9. M. J. Chappell. “‘How far to the edge of the earth?’ Land-sparing vs. land-sharing and other questionable questions.” 97th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America: Life on Earth: Preserving, Utilizing and Sustaining our Ecosystems. Portland, OR, August 8, 2012.
  10. Excerpt from “Ecological Sustainability, Food, and Human Rights: The Necessity of ‘Action Ecology’,” at the Portland State University Social Sustainability Colloquium, Portland, OR, January 27, 2012.
  11. The Quest for Food Justice in the Face of Finite Resources,” at Feeding the World While the Earth Cooks, Washington, D.C., April 12, 2012.
  12. The ‘Goldilocks Hypothesis’ — a political ecology of the land-sparing/wildlife-friendly farming debate,” at the Portland State University Systems Science Seminar series, November 19, 2010.
  13. “The ‘Goldilocks Hypothesis’: Does sparing land for nature lack a credible political economy?” M. J. Chappell, presentation to have been given at 2010 ATBC International Meeting. (Part 1 and Part 2; slides available at F1000 Posters).
  14. Alternative agriculture and human rights: Prospects for truly sustainable development from two Brazilian example.” M. J. Chappell, Bringing Subsistence Out of the Shadows: An Environmental History Workshop on Subsistence Relationships. Nipissing University, North Bay, ON, October 4, 2009.

  15. Food security and biodiversity: Possible conditions for mutual reinforcement, and initial case study results from Latin America.” At the 134th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association: Public Health and Human Rights. Boston, MA, November 7, 2006.

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