“Winged Migration” — celebrating the magnificent bird; not eating it.


What’s a documentary about birds got to do with our diet?

In a word, it’s all about harmony. The theme of our book and this blog is all about health, hope and harmony. As we return to the natural diet for our species, we take charge of our own health while simultaneously planting seeds of hope, accelerating the pace with which the human race can return to living in harmony with nature.

It’s a bit of irony that I began writing this blog post on the evening before Thanksgiving, the family holiday when our entire nation celebrates by dining on the flesh of a bird that spent its entire life preparing for this human celebration. As I watched this movie for the first time, I couldn’t help but think about the billions of birds per year that are unfortunate enough to be born into our meat and egg industry.

Let’s take the baby male chicks in an egg factory, for example. As I explained in our book, they all meet their death just moments after being identified as being a worthless male, obviously incapable of producing eggs. In the movie, I saw baby chicks in Nature who are full of curiosity and excitement about their new life outside the egg. They all prance around chirping and exploring their new surroundings — just like the male chicks in the egg factory.

But the fun is short-lived in the factory; immediately after being identified as males, they are killed — thrown in a macerator or a plastic bag to suffocate with their brothers. Of course, life for their sisters in the egg cages is no bargain either. The title of our book’s chapter on that whole miserable process is Hell On Earth. That’s what happens to living, sentient beings that spend their lives as a part of the unnatural food of the only species that has strayed far from the natural diet for their species — the human race. We call ourselves civilized, yet behave like barbarians when it come to so many of our choices in food.

But their cousins in the wild (featured in the movie) were fortunate enough not to born into our food supply chain. They were blessed with the opportunity to break out of their egg and into the arms of Nature; as they then begin performing their own unique role that is connected with every other part of our planet. Everything is connected in Nature, and when one species upsets that balance of Nature, the consequences are severe.

In another great documentary, HOME, it was reported that humankind has inflicted more damage on the fragile harmony of Nature in just the past fifty years than did all other generations for humans for the past 200,000 years combined. Our challenge as humans in the twenty-first century is to reverse the trend that was started by our recent ancestors. We must take giant steps toward bringing our species back into harmony with the rest of Nature — or we’ll leave Mother Nature no other choice but to do it herself. And that would not be pretty.

This post is all about taking time out to experience the harmony of nature, to feel it and almost breathe it as we fly with these magnificent birds, observe their natural feeding and  share their pain as they encounter their natural and their unnatural predators — humans. Provided here are three choices to watch. Take whatever time you have today and watch the remainder later; you’ll be glad that you did.

  • The two minute trailer of Winged Migration
  • One of eight parts of this fabulous documentary (10 minutes)
  • The entire 88-minute movie narrated in French (but you really don’t need to understand French as this special movie didn’t actually need any narration.

Depending on your time, take a look at one of the following videos and enjoy the special feeling of being a part of nature again. Also, experience the despair of our winged friends when they’re trap in a human-genrated oily muck or when recreational hunters shoot them out of the sky.

Take the time to imagine how wonderful it might be to live in harmony with nature for our entire lives. A return to a plant-based diet is the single biggest step that we can take to make that happen. And we’ll be richly rewarded for doing so. Enjoy the experience with your family, then share it with someone you love. I recommend you watch these in full screen mode.

First, the two-minute trailer:

Next is one of eight parts of this fabulous documentary (10 minutes)

Finally, the entire movie for your viewing pleasure…

Still not had enough movies for this fine Sunday? Here are two more of my favorites that all of us humans should watch sooner or later:

HOME — a great 2009 film; a powerful eye-opener

“Earthlings” — A documentary that we all NEED to see

If you like what you see here, you may wish to join our periodic mailing list. Also, for help in your own quest to take charge of your health, you might find some useful information at our 4-Leaf page.

Authors J. Stanfield Hicks and J. Morris Hicks , working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

And if you like what 4-Leaf eating is doing for you and your family, you might enjoy visiting our new “4-Leaf Gear” store. From the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.

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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. Leveraging his expertise in making complex things simple, he is now seeking corporate clients who are interested in slashing their cost of health care. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, where he also sits on the board of directors.
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One Response to “Winged Migration” — celebrating the magnificent bird; not eating it.

  1. cacatua21 says:

    A very beautiful entry today, Jim. It especially hits home for me because I am a bird-oriented person, having my cockatoo and observing birds, inside and outside, for a long time. I find them to be very much like humans in little bird suits. That is why the callous treatment of chickens and turkeys by agribusiness is so tragic and offensive to me. They act as if it is somehow a defect of the chickens that 50% of them are useless males as they are sorting out those destined to be egg layers, when it is the fault of an industry that commodifies living creatures and treats them accordingly. My only consolation is that the lives of the hens are such a living hell that it may actually be the rooster chicks that were better off. But what I fail to have any understanding for is how anyone can work in a place that requires them to treat innocent, fluffy little babies of any species like that! I’d live under a bridge first.

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