Characters in the movie “Interstellar” ate ONLY plants.

After their civilization had passed the point of no return.

hr_Interstellar_5Note: Reading this blog will NOT spoil the movie for you; no plot details are revealed.

Opening across the USA this weekend was Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey. Opening in July of 2015 is PlantPure Nation, starring Nelson Campbell, oldest son of Dr. T. Colin Campbell—and a good friend of mine.

Ironically, both movies deal with the daunting challenge of feeding humans in the coming decades. This week’s blockbuster deals with a “sci-fi” solution that’s not going to happen; while this summer’s documentary deals with a powerful solution that’s already happening: people taking charge of of their health by simply choosing to eat mostly whole plants.

Yesterday, I saw Interstellar at a theater on the Jersey shore AND I saw the brand new YouTube trailer (below) of PlantPure Nation on my laptop after receiving notice of it from Nelson himself. Let’s begin with that trailer of this summer’s documentary.

PlantPure Nation banner

I don’t know whether or not PPN touches on the environmental benefits of plant-based eating, but I do know that we’ll NEVER be able to live in harmony with nature without eventually taking the animals out of the equation. As Nelson’s father says,

“If we eat the way that promotes the best health for ourselves, we also promote the best health for the planet.” — T. Colin Campbell, PhD

How convenient is that? Since nature ALWAYS wins, the human species will ultimately be the big loser if we don’t start rapidly shifting toward eating mostly plants in the very near future. This powerful movie will tell people exactly why they should do that and how.

Meet Nelson Campbell

Remember the number TEN. It takes over TEN times as much land, water and energy, on a per calorie basis, to produce animal-based foods as compared to plant-based. Also, by moving animals out of the equation, we begin to eliminate the leading cause of global warming. As a bonus, plant-based eating also rewards us with vibrant health. Duh; a 3rd grader could figure out the solution.

Interstellar_ALT_ArtowrkAs for Interstellar, none of this vital information was mentioned. I found it to be a very entertaining movie that sadly missed a golden opportunity to inform the entire world about the most crucial topic in the history of humanity. The characters in the movie were facing a desperate situation as agricultural crops were going extinct all over the world.

While never mentioned in the movie, it appeared that the problems of the day had been caused by global warming, but they never mentioned how any of that could have been prevented.

Interestingly, I noticed that the characters were eating ONLY plants. Also, there wasn’t a single mention of livestock whatsoever and, in the scenes where the characters dined, there was no meat, dairy, eggs or fish on the table.

Apparently, they had been forced by nature to take the animal out of the equation in order to survive, and I guess that they had found out, on their own, that we really don’t NEED to eat animals to be healthy. The problem was that the characters in the movie were past the point of no return and knew that they were about to starve to death and go extinct.

But in the real world of today—we are NOT past the point of no return—YET. But we’re rapidly approaching that point within the next five or ten years, unless we start rapidly replacing most of our meat-based calories with people-healthy and planet-healthy, plant-based alternatives. (See Interstellar trailer at end of this blog.)

The Bottom Line. What if the producers of Interstellar had conveyed that, in the real world, we still have time? We have time to easily feed the world’s future population of TEN BILLION and we can curb global warming simultaneously—by making one simple, painless move.

Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

Promoting health, hope & harmony on planet Earth—with the “Save the world” diet.

It’s not a matter of saving the planet; she will be just fine once all the humans are gone. She will revert quickly back to the rich state of natural equilibrium that existed a few thousand years ago.

For us now, It’s a matter of saving the human species by quickly learning how to live in harmony with nature while we still have time to save ourselves. Nature never errs—and we will NEVER learn to live by her rules without rapidly shifting our global feeding model in the direction of eating mostly plants.

Movie Plug. I thought Interstellar was a good movie and I enjoyed seeing it. On the negative side, I thought it was a bit too long and way too loud. Let me know if you see something in the movie suggesting that the characters were eating anything other than plant-based foods.

Interstellar Trailer

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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Tearing down the single biggest roadblock to sustainability…

“The Protein Myth” that has LOCKED the brightest minds in the world

Locked brains lead to the end of our civilization.

Locked brains lead to the end of our civilization.

Exactly what is that myth? The ubiquitous belief in the developed world that we all “NEED” to eat animal protein to be healthy. Nothing could be further from the truth—yet that protein myth is alive and well—and we’re running out of time to dispel it. Here’s the way I see it:

Because of the mistaken, yet almost ubiquitous, belief that we humans actually “need” to eat animal protein to be healthy—incredibly powerful solutions to our sustainability crisis don’t even make it to the table for consideration. For this reason, I consider that “protein myth” to be the most serious obstacle in the history of humanity. For if we cannot take the “animal out of the equation” when it comes to feeding humans, we will never learn to living in harmony with nature, and the future of our civilization (and even our species) will be in severe peril.—J. Morris Hicks

Dispelling the Protein Myth for our health & our future

  1. Life on planet Earth began 4 billion years ago. Planet Earth with moon
  2. Since then, millions of species of creatures have lived here and Mother Nature had an eating plan for each one.
  3. All of those millions of species have followed her eating plan to the letter—except for ONE.
  4. HUMANS are the ONLY species that has not only NOT followed her plan—but has drifted over 90% away from it.
  5. That’s right, we now consume less than ten percent of the foods that Nature planned for us to eat—whole, plant-based foods.
  6. How do I know what nature intended for us to eat? Four ways:
    • By looking at what animals in the wild, closest to our DNA, eat. The gorilla eats NOTHING but raw plants.Gorillas
    • By studying healthy cultures around the world who eat mostly whole plants: Tarahumara, Hunza, Abkasians and many others. They live long, healthy lives and have almost NONE of our chronic diseases.
    • Migrant studies from those healthy cultures. When they move to Chicago or Dallas, they start eating the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.)—AND start having the same frequency of chronic diseases as we do.
    • By examining the scientific and clinical evidence, proving in thousands of cases that a simple diet of mostly whole, plant-based foods has the power to reverse heart disease, type 2 diabetes and many other maladies in over 90% of the cases. Former president Bill Clinton was one of those cases.
  7. So why are our schools of nutrition and schools of medicine not teaching the world about this wonderful diet-style that could stop chronic disease in its tracks? Why are the news media and our government not telling us about about this powerful, life-saving information?

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

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

  8. The Protein Myth. The almost ubiquitous belief in the developed world that we actually “need” to eat animal protein to be healthy. Almost everyone sincerely believes that myth—including the brightest and best educated people in the world.
  9. It’s a safe bet your own family physician is in that group, and as such, he/she and their families are likely to be eating the S.A.D. (with lots of animal protein) themselves.
  10. Since they don’t teach much about nutrition in our medical schools, your physician probably has no idea that you can get all the protein you need in just the right amount—from whole plants. Almost all plants have protein in them.
  11. Most of what your physician knows about nutrition comes from the same place the general public gets their information: from the daily flow of contradicting, confusing and misleading information on the evening news—much of which is sponsored by the food industry that profits from feeding us that toxic S.A.D.

    Does your doctor know how to reverse heart disease?

    Does your doctor know how to reverse heart disease?

  12. And all of those sources never tell you the big picture about the macro-nutrients that provide us with energy. There are only three of them—and we need to eat all three—carbohydrate, fat and protein.
  13. In nature’s eating plan, we’d get about 80% carbohydrate, and 10% each from fat and protein. But with the S.A.D., we get about 40% from fat, 40% from carbohydrate (mostly processed) and 20% from protein (mostly animal-based).
  14. And guess what? That animal-based protein we’re eating has been shown to promote cancer (T. Colin Campbell, The China Study).
  15. Meanwhile, back to your physician, who is probably not familiar with this little Nutrition 101 lesson.
  16. Let’s say you hear about all the disease reversal and vibrant health associated with simply eating mostly whole plants, and you decide to consult with your physician before making those drastic changes in your diet. When you do, the chances are 10 to 1 that you will hear more words of CAUTION than ENCOURAGEMENT. At that point, many patients will lose enthusiasm for their food-driven pursuit of vibrant health.
  17. Sadly, our collective health is just a small part of the big problem caused by the protein myth. That same myth that has locked the brain of your physician has also locked the brain of our brightest scientists, environmentalists, and most of the leaders in the world: religious, political and corporate. 14119137-lock-closed-locked-secrets-mystery-symbol-as-a-side-view-brain-and-mind-head-as-a-concept-of-rigid-i
  18. Since almost all of our world leaders believe the protein myth, their collective brains are LOCKED regarding initiatives that could get us back on track to living in harmony with nature. Hardly any of those leaders are now aware that our food choices are not only driving our out-of-control cost of healthcare, they are also the leading drivers of:
    • Water scarcity
    • Soil erosion
    • Deforestation
    • Water pollution
    • Ocean dead zones
    • Species extinction
    • Climate change—the elephant in the room that exacerbates all the others.
  19. World Bank climate specialists reported in 2009 that the raising of livestock for human consumption is responsible for AT LEAST 51% of ALL human-induced greenhouse gasses. That means that our love affair with eating meat and dairy at almost every meal is BY FAR the leading cause of climate change—indeed, it’s larger than ALL other causes COMBINED. It’s also the ONLY cause that can be addressed and reduced quickly.
  20. Sadly, the minds of our leaders are LOCKED and not capable of accepting, understanding and ACTING on this world-saving information.

    James Cameron, Director of Titanic and Avatar

    James Cameron, Director of Titanic and Avatar

  21. HOW do we UNLOCK those brains? How do we DISPEL that protein myth in time to save our civilization. As James Cameron says, “It’s like we’re all sleepwalking off a cliff.”
  22. We must WAKE-UP that sleepwalking public—before it’s too late.
  23. And for that we must have LEADERSHIP. With climate change tipping points rapidly approaching, we don’t have time to wait for a traditional grassroots dissemination of this world-saving information. That process, which has worked effectively throughout human history, would take decades, if not centuries, to make much of a difference.
  24. But a single POWERFUL leader could make a difference quickly. For this job, we need someone with a global name recognition, deep pockets (financial resources), a reputation for integrity, a passionate understanding of the magnitude of the unprecedented planetary emergency we’re all facing—AND an open mind.
  25. That leader, who fully understands the emergency, will almost certainly make this effort his/her #1 priority for the rest of his/her life. He/she will recruit the support of other powerful leaders and will arrange private funding for the largest–and most URGENT–global awareness campaign in the history of humankind.
  26. The cost of that initiative would be HUGE, but that cost is irrelevant. Even if it cost a trillion dollars, so what? What good is a trillion dollars (of human money) when our global economy and civilization collapse? Isn’t out planet and the future of our children worth more than a trillion dollars?

    What good is money if there is no food or water? You can't eat or drink this worthless pile of paper.

    What good is money if there is no food or water? You can’t eat or drink this worthless pile of paper.

  27. What can you do? Share this story with every leader you know. When the right leader becomes fully enlightened, things can change quickly. With billions of people now connected through the internet and social media, the time has NEVER been better for disseminating URGENTLY needed information—QUICKLY!!
  28. Circulate this article. Find those leaders. Dispel that protein myth. Unlock the brains of the best, brightest, wealthiest and most powerful leaders on Earth. Who are they? Here’s my top-ten list and someone you know may know how to reach them:
  29. Pope Francis, Bill Gates, Prince Charles, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, Joel Osteen, Mark Zuckerberg, and Barack Obama.
  30. Let’s get this right—for the children of the world. Let’s get this right—NOW!

Coincident. As I mentioned earlier, all of the above was written on one Atlanta-bound Delta flight from Colorado. Notice that it has 30 points. In 2007, I wrote another 30-point article on an Atlanta-bound Delta flight. It was entitled 30 Minutes to Live, documenting my understanding of how we all got into this mess in the first place.

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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The Future of Medicine Starts Here—Canandaigua, NY

Where true “health-care” is replacing “sick-care” in the field of medicine

Future of MedicineContrary to popular opinion, the future of medicine does not lie in the next generation of wonder drugs or gene therapy. It lies in something far more powerful, far less expensive and incredibly simple. Universally accessible to ALL humans—rich or poor—the future of medicine begins with helping ALL patients learn to enjoy the food that nature had in mind for our species.

And that process is flourishing on the banks of beautiful Canandaigua Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. After a decade in traditional medicine, where she saw twenty-five patients a day and primarily wrote prescriptions for a sick and desperate public, Dr. Kerry Graff decided to launch Lake Country Family Medicine—where she’s creating her own blueprint for promoting health instead of managing disease.

Not a Cialis commercial, this is Canandaigua Lake, where the "future of medicine" has begun.

Not a Cialis commercial, this is Canandaigua Lake, where the “future of medicine” has begun.

And she has chosen our own 4Leaf for Life concept as a way to help her patients move quickly in the direction of a whole food, plant-based diet—a diet that can easily reverse heart disease, diabetes, obesity and so much more. And it’s working. In her own words, so far “it’s been a HUGE FREAKEN SUCCESS.”

Yesterday, I met Kerry for the first time. After enjoying a healthy 4Leaf lunch at the beautiful New York Wine and Culinary Center, we proceeded to the local Unitarian Church, where a host of her enthusiastic patients were assembling to eat healthy food and learn more about the 4Leaf for Life approach to taking charge of their health.

Later that evening, I delivered the first of two presentations and both are provided here for your convenience. (Please allow a little time for downloading as they are both fairly large files.)

Oct 3:  What Humans Should Be Eating—The Story of 4Leaf for Life

4L Circle R For Life jpegFollowing the above presentation, numerous people came up to tell me how Dr. Kerry had changed their lives with the 4Leaf for Life approach; empowering them to replace meat, dairy, egg, fish and processed foods calories with the healthiest of foods—whole plants. Refreshingly, each exuded confidence and enthusiasm for this powerful way of eating— and the gratitude they all feel for Dr. Kerry for sharing it with them.

Making a living. So how can a doctor make a living if all her patients take charge of their own health and don’t need her services anymore? I asked Kerry that question last night. She doesn’t know the answer yet, but she does know that she’s committed to making it work. As she says, “It’s hard to put a dollar amount on the joy a physician feels when she’s providing such a tremendous service for so many loyal and appreciative patients.”

The cost of global depletion is a tough lesson to learn.

The cost of global depletion is a tough lesson to learn.

The Environmental Bonus. There’s much more to this story and Dr. Kerry is also sharing it with her patients. That story is simply this:  What humans choose to eat is the most important issue in the history of humanity.

That’s because our food choices determine how the entire planet is used and will ultimately determine the longterm viability of our civilization and our very species.

And that’s the story I will tell her audience tonight at that same Unitarian church. Once again, I am sharing my entire presentation with you here.

Oct 4:  Food. Health. Planet. Our Future as a Species.

"The milk from Cornell cows are used in the processing plant to supply all of the products that are served in the dining halls. The Cornell Dairy Bar is just one example of Cornell’s growing sustainability." From a Cornell online food blog.

“The milk from Cornell cows are used in the processing plant to supply all of the products that are served in the dining halls. The Cornell Dairy Bar is just one example of Cornell’s growing sustainability.” From a Cornell online food blog.

Cornell University and the Dairy Industry. More on this topic later, but I just wanted to mention it today. That’s because of the irony of two concurrent events taking place in the great state of New York.

Dr. Kerry Graff is “living” the future of medicine while right down the road in Ithaca, Cornell University is helping the dairy industry promote one of the most powerful carcinogens ever discovered—casein, the protein in good old cow’s milk. (Per T. Colin Campbell)

On my way to Canandaigua this week, I had the privilege of visiting with the team at our Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in Ithaca. And just before dinner, Colin insisted on driving me by the new “Cornell Monument to the Dairy Industry”—shown here.

The fact that NONE of our nation’s premier schools of nutrition are endorsing a human dietary regimen that truly promotes health is a travesty. On the contrary, like Cornell, they’re all heavily supported by the meat and dairy industries and are doing their best to keep that money rolling in. This is a horrible situation that must not be allowed to continue for much longer. The public deserves to hear the TRUTH about food.

Stay tuned! Colin and I are working on a plan. Have a nice weekend. —- J. Morris Hicks

At the Unitarian Church in Canandaigua, an enthusiastic Friday night crowd packed the house by the time my presentation began.

At the Unitarian Church in Canandaigua, an enthusiastic Friday night crowd packed the house by the time my presentation began.

One more thing. Just learned this on my final day in Canandaigua. Dr. Graff now has 800 patients in her one-doctor practice and is only accepting new patients who have a sincere interest in taking charge of their own health. If you’re not interested in 4Leaf for Life, she’s not interested in having you as a patient—as she has waved goodbye to the sick-care business. Her office phone is (585) 394-1875. If you tell her J. Morris Hicks sent you, it may increase your chances of being accepted into her “health-care” practice.

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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10-Day Health Immersion—Dominican Republic

Join us in November and/or tell a friend who might enjoy getting healthy. 

Organized by Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s daughter LeAnne Campbell, PhD., and Canadian cardiologist Dr. Shane Williams—this great event features Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Campbell, Dr. Antonia Demas, yours truly and others. Click here for online PDF to share.

For more details, visit Dominican Health Summit or call 705-637-0239. Also feel free to reach out to me directly at 917-399-9700.

Dominican

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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Meat consumption down? “Renewables” surging?

Things must be getting better.—Not so fast my friend!

CBS NewsThe Evening News. Red meat consumption going down, great news about renewable sources of energy, less disease and fewer hungry people in the world than ever before. That’s what we hear on the news—so things must be getting better, right? WRONG!

Meat Consumption Data. I just ran the numbers from a census.gov report (see link below) comparing the global consumption of all kinds of meat: beef, veal, pork and chicken. My findings, comparing the data for 2010 to the previous year.

  1. Total meat consumption in the USA went down by 36,000 metric tons (2009-2010)
  2. That is ALL the good news there is on this page!
  3. Total meat consumption in Europe went UP by 224,000 metric tons.
  4. Total meat consumption in CHINA went UP just over 2 million metric tons.
  5. Total net WORLD meat consumption went UP 6.5 million metric tons.
  6. That’s equal to an INCREASE of over 14 billion pounds—in just ONE YEAR.

Red meatOur modest reductions in the USA are being wiped out by HUGE increases in the developing world. And there is no end in sight.

  • Total world meat appetite: 237 million metric tons = 521 BILLION pounds.
  • That works out to over 72 pounds for each of our 7.2B people; a number that’s certain to keep climbing as billions of people in the developing world start eating meat for the first time.

My conclusion. After some analysis and extrapolation of the above data for an upcoming speech, here’s what I concluded:

Things are not getting better! For every American who is eating less meat, there are about 100 people in the developing world headed in the other direction. — J. Morris Hicks

Overfishing the bookWhat about fish? Per the same report, the total world catch in 2008 was over 142 million tons. Up 46% from the 1990 number of 98 million tons.

Total global flesh (meat & fish) consumption was roughly 379 million tons in 2010 and is almost certainly much higher today.

Dr. Stephen Emmott reported in his 2013 TEN BILLION that we’ll need to double our production of food in the next 4o years. That will put us close to ONE BILLION TONS of animal/fish flesh by mid-century.

By then, we’ll be torturing 200 billion land animals per year, will have seriously disrupted practically all of the world’s fisheries and will have wiped out what is left of our rainforest to provide land for growing and or feeding those 200 billion innocent animals. When does the madness end?J. Morris Hicks

Will renewables save us from global warming? What about our progress with renewables replacing the consumption of fossil fuel? Even with all the great news about solar, wind and geothermal energy, this graph paints a scoreboard that the average 3rd grader could easily understand. Steady growth since 1950.

world-fossil-fuel-consumption

The Bottom Line. When you look at the “big picture” of the most important indicators in the world—there is NO GOOD NEWS! As our population, consumption of STUFF, and burning of fossil fuels all continue to escalate—the ONLY solution to saving our ecosystem AND our civilization—is to influence billions of people to begin urgently replacing most of their meat-based calories with healthier, plant-based alternatives.

As we begin working on the “demand” side of the equation, markets will quickly respond, people will begin getting healthier, the cost of healthcare will plummet, water will become more plentiful, trees can be planted on the freed-up land and our fragile ecosystem will begin to heal.

Eventually, we must also deal with overpopulation, over-consumption and the excessive burning of fossil fuels—but those tasks will take many decades, if not centuries. Taking URGENT action NOW with our food choices can buy us the time we need to address them all. — J. Morris Hicks

The answer? Three things. Leadership. Leadership. Leadership.

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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Easier to change what we eat—than our global economy

But, ultimately, the rules of our global economy must change!

ClimateMarchNewYorkChanging what we eat may buy us the time needed to transform our running-roughshod economy into one that operates in harmony with nature. But changing what we eat will never happen in a big way until we get some powerful, mainstream leaders behind it. And that simply ain’t happening.

In the aftermath of the big Climate Convergence conference at the U.N. and the massive 300,000-person march—I didn’t hear a single mainstream person mention the need to address our food choices. NO ONE! Not the nation’s #1 climate activist, Bill McKibben, no one.

But author Naomi Klein got it right about one thing. “It’s easier to imagine turning down the temperature of the sun,” Ms. Klein said, “than changing the rules governing our economy.” But “these are the choices that we have before us, this is why climate change changes everything,” Ms. Klein said. Further, from the 9-23-14 New York Times (see link below):

In her book, Ms. Klein argues that the root cause of climate change is capitalism, emphasizing that if no profound and radical changes to the system are made, a climate catastrophe is inevitable. “The bottom line is what matters here: Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war,” Ms. Klein writes. “Only one of these sets of rules can be changed, and it’s not the laws of nature.”

And right she is. For the past six months, I have been writing, speaking and blogging about the fact that the rules of our global economy must eventually change. We cannot continue to pursue unlimited consumption of STUFF in a finite world much longer—particularly when we add over 230,000 new people everyday.

We hear a lot about the “green” progress that is being made with wind and solar energy around the world. But when you look at the “big picture” trends regarding the burning of fossil fuels, the stark reality comes into focus. Yesterday, while preparing for an upcoming presentation, I found this simple chart:

world-fossil-fuel-consumption

No matter what progress we’ve made in renewable sources of energy, there have been no savings on the bottom line. In fact, it continues to get worse every year. That’s because while we’re adding windmills and solar panels, we’re also adding more people, consuming more stuff and more people are beginning to eat animal-based foods for the first time. The way I see it, we must find systemic fixes for four critical problems:

  1. Overpopulation and the way we live (still going up about seven million a month)
  2. Overconsumption of STUFF made from finite resources (also steadily rising)
  3. Our dependence on fossil fuels (primarily driven by the first two)
  4. We’re eating the wrong food! (for human health and the health of our ecosystem)

First the Bad News. The first three problems will take many decades, if not centuries to fix.

Leveraging the simple concept of maximizing the percent of your calories derived from whole plants

Leveraging the simple concept of maximizing the percent of your calories derived from whole plants

Now for the GOOD NEWS! Changing what we eat can be done relatively easily, quickly, and inexpensively. By replacing most of our meat, dairy, egg and fish calories with healthier, plant-based options—we address the leading cause of global warming along with almost every other environmental disaster we face.

We also promote human health worldwide and slash trillions out of the global cost of healthcare. From my “one-pager” referenced below:

As people everywhere begin to learn the whole truth about their food choices, millions will start replacing most, if not all, of their animal-based calories with healthier and “greener,” plant-based alternatives.

As we begin working on the “demand” side of the equation, markets will quickly respond, people will begin getting healthier, the cost of healthcare will plummet, water will become more plentiful, trees can be planted on the freed-up land and our fragile ecosystem will begin to heal.

Eventually, we must also deal with overpopulation, over-consumption and the excessive burning of fossil fuels—but those tasks will take many decades, if not centuries. Taking URGENT action NOW with our food choices can buy us the time we need to address them all. — J. Morris Hicks

GREEN” Economy? What does a truly “green” economy look like? How do eight or nine billion people ever learn to live “comfortably” in harmony with nature on a planet of this size? And how do we figure that out before our civilization collapses?

I’m not sure how we get all that done, but unless we significantly change our food choices in the next ten years, our civilization is probably doomed—as predicted by Stephen Emmott in TEN BILLION. FYI, (when we met in October of 2013) he agreed with my plan, but doesn’t think we’ll be able to execute it soon enough.

But I disagree. All we need is the right leadership. And we need it soon; I explain in my One-Page Recipe for Saving our Ecosystem

A Glimpse into the future—Today in Stamford, CT

Dense living with public transportation will be integral parts of the "green" economy of the future.

Dense living with public transportation will be integral parts of the “green” economy of the future.

This is my home. I took the photo above earlier this month—during one of my sunrise walks around the neighborhood. The outdoor deck of my residence and office is just above the light pole in the photo.

Living on the sixth floor in 724 square feet, I look out over the Stamford skyline and the Fairway Market, shown here. (arguably, the finest supermarket in the world.) There are currently two restaurants in my building and a new Le Pain Quotidien across the street. And my bank, dentist, package store and dry cleaners are just steps away.

My new Harbor Point neighborhood in Stamford, CT. You can see I-95 and the trains from my office.

My new Harbor Point neighborhood in Stamford, CT. You can see I-95 and the trains from my office.

In the newly developed Harbor Point neighborhood of Stamford’s south side, I have a six-minute walk to express trains to Manhattan or Boston. My annual heating bill is less than $50 and my practically new Fiat 500 (parked in the basement) is hardly ever used. Just think about the environmental economies of this way of living.

Since hearing Andres Duany speak in Atlanta in 1999, I have been a big fan of dense, mixed-use, neighborhoods with work, transportation, shopping, dining and entertainment nearby. In that speech, he led off by saying: “Congratulations Atlanta! You have one of the highest standards of living in the world. The problem is that you have a fairly low quality of life.”

My new car is also a 4Leaf-er. A "green" Fiat 500 that gets over 40 mpg.

My “green” Fiat 500 that gets over 40 mpg.

He went on to say that the average Italian office clerk enjoys a richer quality of life than the six-figure executive living in Atlanta.

After all, what good is a 3,000 square foot home in the sprawling suburbs if you have to spend three hours a day commuting and must get into your car to do almost anything? As a man who’s owned multiple homes in the past, I agree with Mr. Duany as I am now enjoying the richest overall quality of life—EVER.

How quickly can the developed world move in this direction? Not soon enough to make much of a difference. We’re going to need many decades to solve our incredibly wasteful, suburban sprawl mess—which is why we must buy some time by urgently changing what we eat NOW.

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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Sal asks, “What progress, if any, have you made?”

Sal Liggieri is a good friend who’s followed my work for years.

A candid shot of Sal Liggieri, as he ponders the extensive and exceptionally healthy menu at the Candle Cafe

A candid shot of Sal Liggieri, as he ponders the extensive and exceptionally healthy menu at the Candle Cafe

Now in his late eighties, he’s been commenting on my blogs longer than anyone and we have had several lively discussions over lunch in New York. A 25-year vegan himself, he has repeatedly told me that he’s never been able to influence a single individual to make a permanent change in their diet.

Convinced that the human race only has a few more decades to survive, he’s always asking why I am going to the trouble of doing what I do. Yesterday, he posted a comment on my blog—-inspiring me to reply. He wrote:

Hey Jim, how about updating us on what changes you see and what progress, if any, you have made?

From my part of the world, I see more fat and obese people, supermarkets are still bustling, restaurants are still feeding SAD . . . and the people are still lapping it up.

Change, how sweet the sound, but don’t worry America – your time will come – and then you will pay the piper. — Sal Liggieri

My reply. Hi Sal, Always good to hear from you—my good friend who’s probably read more of my blogs than anyone. So what progress have I made, you ask? Without meaning to toot my own horn, here’s my latest Top Ten List:

1. top 10 list 2010-resized-600.jpgSince launching this blog in 2011, I have heard directly from hundreds of people, many of them crediting me for saving their lives. Would you agree that saving just one life would justify the ten thousand hours I have devoted to my work since 2002?

2. Two of my most-viewed blogs are about health coaching: the first about the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the other about the difficulty of making a living as a health coach. Each has been viewed thousands of times and has probably led many to choose Dr. Campbell’s eCornell course in plant-based nutrition over the IIN two-year health coaching program. What impact will that have? That’s what I call “unknowable” data at this point—but it could only be good, as almost half of the students are MDs or other medical practitioners, earning CME credits.

3. My two visits with James Cameron last year influenced him to launch a global awareness campaign promoting plant-based eating for health AND environmental reasons. My influence may also be seen in a few powerful SUSTAINABILITY messages within the three upcoming Avatar sequels—all of which will be seen by hundreds of millions of people. He also gave out 234 copies of our book to his closest friends and family last December. Who knows what positive impact that may have had?

Dr. Kerry Graff

Dr. Kerry Graff

4. One medical doctor in Canandaigua, NY (Finger Lakes) has printed hundreds of copies of my 4Leaf Survey and has given out over fifty copies of my book. Dr. Kerry Graff says that her use of the content on my website has been a “huge freaking success” with her patients.

5. I got a call yesterday from a medical doctor in Canada who’d found my material and wants to use my 4Leaf content in his transition from “sick-care” to true healthcare in his practice.

6. The eCornell plant-based online course is now using my 4Leaf Survey for ALL of the thousands of people who take that course every year. You can find it at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey.

7. Just got an email this morning from someone who wants to advertise on my site. That tells me that my traffic is still growing. It will also enable me to continue making a living in a field of work that doesn’t pay very well.

8. Speaking of earning a living, I currently have four speaking gigs on my schedule during the next two months—the most ever. From a medical practice in New York, to a 22,000-student college in Colorado, to 220 middle-school students in Connecticut—-and finally, to a 10-day immersion retreat (220 people) in the Dominican Republic.

Focused on maximizing the percent of our calories from whole, plant-based foods.

Focused on maximizing the percent of our calories from whole, plant-based foods.

9. I have been instrumental in the launch of The Plantrician Project (plantrician.org), which is hosting the second annual international plant-based healthcare conference (for medical practitioners) in San Diego this week. Much of the content on their site originated in my blogs. This week, their conference is drawing over 400 people from 14 countries.

10. I recently met with THE leading First Amendment attorney in the country regarding an issue that could make a huge difference in the widespread distribution of the real truth about nutrition in this country—and abroad.

What progress, if any? Without my relentless blogging, writing, speaking and activism—none of the above would have happened.

  • Has it been worth my time? ABSOLUTELY!!
  • Has progress been slower that I would have liked? YES!
  • Do I get depressed from time to time? YES
  • Do I plan to stop what I am doing? NEVER!

    My six grandchildren. Peyton, Colin, Andrew, Cooper, Violet and Evvy

    My six grandchildren. clockwise from Peyton on left: Evvy, Viotet, Andrew, Cooper and Collin

Will my efforts and the efforts of many others be enough to save our civilization? That remains to be seen—and we won’t be around to find out.

But my six grandchildren (and their children) will be. And, regardless what happens, they will all know that their GranBuddy gave it his best shot.

Let’s have lunch in New York soon. Your friend, Jim

PS: What changes do I see? Not nearly enough, but more and more people are talking about the importance of food choices—and we’ll eventually reach a critical mass. Remember, the percent of the population needed to start a revolution is a lot closer to 10% than it is to 50%.

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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