J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted August 22, 2011

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Academic freedom in peril? T. Colin Campbell at Cornell

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Cornell decision to ax courses steps on academic freedom -- Ithaca Journal

Since most of us grew up eating the typical Western, a.k.a. the Standard American, Diet we have all assumed that it was the healthiest possible way for humans to eat. We have trusted our "system" of government, medicine, academia, pharmaceuticals, food companies and media to deliver the most superior diet for humans on the planet. But, tragically, that "system" has failed us. In a single word, it all boils down to MONEY.

In a five-hour read, the average 8th grader can clearly understand "the big picture" about what we humans should be eating. Click image for a preview.

After covering a plethora of compelling reasons (beginning with our own health) for eating mostly whole plant-based foods in the first seven chapters of our book, we dedicated Chapter 8 to this provocative topic: Why Did No One Tell You This Before? In just seventeen pages with thirty-six footnotes, we present well-documented examples of how every piece of that highly complex, inter-connected system has failed us miserably -- inflicting incalculable damage to our health and our planet in the process.

Beginning with a quote by Will Rogers, "Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects." Then, seventeen pages later, we ended that chapter with a quote by Saul Bellow, "A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance." Sadly that describes exactly what has happened with our "food system" in the USA -- and there are 35 million jobs riding on keeping it that way. In The China Study, Dr. Campbell attributes this sad dilemma to a complex combination of money, ego, power and control.

In another blog, I have documented what happened at Cornell when Dr. Campbell's course on Plant-Based Nutrition was suddenly canceled by the administration without even so much as a phone call to explain their decision. That blog is entitled: Cancer, cell phones, cow’s milk, and Cornell. Recently Dr. Campbell has gotten to know another Cornell professor who has had the same experience while he too was practicing academic freedom in search of the truth.

With industry now controlling our schools of nutrition, is academic freedom dead?

After much discussion, Dr. Campbell and Dr. Randy O. Wayne have co-authored an Op-Ed that appeared in the Ithaca Journal on August 4, 2011. Provided here in its entirety; a link to the actual online article is provided at the end of this post.

In a phone conversation with Dr. Campbell yesterday, he told me that he had also sent a copy of this Op-Ed to Mark Bittman at the New York Times. Stay tuned.

Cornell decision to ax courses steps on academic freedom

 by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Randy O. Wayne, PhD

We are Cornell professors devoted to our university and to the pursuit of knowledge. Pushing the boundaries of knowledge, although often exhilarating, can be challenging. Continue reading this very important piece...

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