The Washington Post has described Lester R. Brown as "one of the world's most influential thinkers." He is Founder and President of Earth Policy Institute, a non-profit environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. During a career that started with tomato farming, Brown has been awarded 24 honorary degrees and has authored or coauthored over 50 books.
One of the world's most widely published authors, his books have appeared in some 40 languages. His most recent book is entitled Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. He is a MacArthur Fellow and the recipient of many prizes and awards. In 1986, the Library of Congress requested his personal papers, noting that his writings and work had "already strongly affected thinking about problems of world population and resources."