Third and Final In A Series on why Mr. Clinton is the most ideal leader for the inevitable food revolution of the twenty-first century.
Global Recognition, Credibility, Knowledge, Partnering Skills, Resources and a burning desire to make a huge difference in this world
As a former corporate executive, management consultant and executive recruiter, I know a thing or two about the importance of having the right person in the right job at the right time. The most important aspect of any project is having the right leader in charge. And when it comes to leading the "great food revolution of the 21st century," there is no one better suited than the former president of the United States; William Jefferson Clinton.
In an interview with David Letterman this week (See video below), Mr. Clinton talked about improving the lives of 400 million people around the world through the efforts of his foundation over the past decade. While noble and impressive, that statistic pales in comparison to what his Clinton Global Initiative could accomplish in the next ten years if he focused the majority of his efforts on one new initiative: leading all of humankind back to the natural diet for our species -- the diet that nature intended for us to eat in the first place.
Although Mr. Clinton has personal knowledge of the power of that "natural diet" to reverse his own heart disease, he has not yet connected the dots when it comes to the "big picture" of exactly what is at stake here. As reported in the great PPR film "HOME" (2009), humankind has inflicted more damage on the harmony of Nature in just the past fifty years than all previous generations of humans for the past 200,000 years. And our single best opportunity to reverse that deadly trend is to aggressively move away from the toxic, harmful, wasteful, cruel and grossly unsustainable Western diet.
While we consider ourselves the smartest of all the millions of species on this planet, we're the only species in the history of the world that has practically abandoned the "natural" diet for our species. No one needs to tell the animals in the wild what they should be eating. On the other hand, we have millions of people in academia, medicine and government who spend billions of dollars studying food -- and they're still recommending a diet-style that is killing us and destroying the planet at the same time.
Once Mr. Clinton realizes the staggering magnitude of what we're talking about, he may very well want to focus 100% of his own time on this single initiative. When he considers that comparing our typical Western diet to a whole foods, plant-based diet on a per calorie basis, we find that it requires
- Twenty times more land
- Twenty times more water
- Twenty times more energy
The numbers are staggering. And what do we get in return for all that waste and environmental damage? The sickest and most overweight peoples with the highest cost of "disease" care in the history of the world.
And why does this madness continue? Click here to continue reading this article -- complete with video clip of David Letterman interviewing Mr. Clinton.
—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com