Our book — in 164 words or less. Thank you Violet.


J. Morris Hicks, proud GranBuddy of Violet Lucy Shewchuk

My youngest granddaughter, Violet, inspired this blog today; 164 words that will form the heart of my very brief speech at our official book launch party on September 29 in Stonington, CT.

The inspiration came about 45 minutes ago when I saw an email from Violet’s mom Diana — a message that included a picture of Violet starting a new 4th of July tradition for our nation’s leaders of the future — eating her first corn on the cob. That scene inspired my Winston Churchill style speech that I will deliver at the Saltwater Farm Vineyard in 86 days:

Our toxic Western diet — Not only is it harmful to our planet and ourselves (promoting cancer, obesity, heart disease, & diabetes),  it is incredibly wasteful; requiring 20 times more water, 20 times more energy and 20 times more land, PER CALORIE, than does the natural diet for our species; whole plant-based foods.

Not to mention the fact that some 60 billion animals a year must spend their entire lives in a virtual “hell on Earth” so that all of us “animal lovers” may enjoy eating their flesh. One final point; not only is our way of eating terribly harmful, wasteful, and cruel — it is grossly unsustainable.

In a world full of sick or starving people, suffering animals and rapidly disappearing natural resources; how can we possibly not come together NOW and end all of this madness once and for all? Given what you will know (after reading our book) — if you don’t take action — what will you tell your adult grandchildren someday when they ask you why you didn’t?

Thank you Violet for inspiring this blog, my book launch speech and perhaps a few final words of wisdom in our book as I will submit my final edits later today.

In my reply to my daughter Diana just now, I wrote:

Thanks for the photo. It’s perfect…the perfect NEW 4th of July tradition. Thanks for not teaching her the disgusting American tradition of eating a hot dog on the 4th.

FYI, the college kids of today are already 18% plant eaters (compared to 3.2% overall in the USA). By the time Violet graduates from Smith College (in Northampton, MA), they probably won’t even be serving dead animal in the school dining hall. Love, Dad

Happy 5th of July; hope you enjoyed your holiday. Now, let’s make sure that more people are riding our 4-Leaf Train on their next 4th of July. Maybe we’ll have a new slogan on our website at  4leafprogram.com — “4-Leaf on the 4th.”

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. From the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.

If you’d like to order our book on Amazon,  visit our BookStore now.

—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. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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