We simply don't have time for the normal snail pace of social change.
During "The Last Heart Attack" documentary, President Clinton spoke briefly about the dismal state of affairs with regards to our school lunches across the country -- with pizza, burgers and french fries dominating the menus. He said that due to the costs involved, the school systems didn't have the budget for the more expensive fruits and vegetables so were opting for the cheaper, less-healthy fare. And he added that the kids don't mind, because they prefer pizza and burgers over veggies anyway.
He talked about the pace of social change for correcting the situation -- but there was no sense of urgency in his voice. As he was speaking, my impression was that he was thinking like a politician and not like a world leader. As we all know, the typical politician doesn't really do much "leading;" they just say what they need to say to get elected. Then they spend the next four years trying not to rock the boat too much so as not to spoil their chances for re-election.
What we really need is LEADERSHIP. We need for a few powerful, smart and charismatic people who understand the "big picture," to join forces, collaborate and do all that they can to help the average citizens of the developed nations to learn the truth about how we have chosen to feed ourselves. People everywhere need to learn the truth about the extremely harmful, wasteful, cruel and gross unsustainability of what we're eating. The average citizen needs to understand the words of narrator Glenn Close in the great 2009 documentary, HOME (See link below):
In just the last fifty years, humankind has inflicted more damage on the fragile harmony of nature -- than did all generations of humans for the past 200,000 years -- combined. And, if we don't dramatically alter that trend within the next ten years, we may have passed the point of no return.
Now, I am well aware that ALL of that damage was not caused by what we are eating, but much of it was. More importantly, without a doubt, our best short-term opportunity to have a meaningful impact on altering that trend would be an aggressive shift by billions, not just millions, to a whole foods, plant-based diet. When you consider that compared to a plant-based diet on a per calorie basis -- our typical Western diet requires 20 times more land, 20 times more energy and 20 times more water -- just image the powerful impact of a well-led move away from our harmful and wasteful diet. One more thing, as a fringe benefit, we save 80% of our health care dollars at the same time. Click here to continue reading this article...
—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com