University of Kentucky today and Holy Cross on Wednesday
In a recent interview, I was asked this question by Gretchen Tseng of ChicVegan: In your wildest dreams, what will your life and the world look like in 5 years?
While the meat & dairy-laden Western diet will still be prevalent, many millions of people will have learned more about the health, environmental and other benefits of plant-based eating. Further, as the cost of energy and food continues to rise; more and more people will be choosing the cheaper, healthier and greener option of eating more plants.
As for me in 2017, I would like to be speaking on college campuses around the world at least ten times a month—sharing our message with the young people who will be the leaders of the “great food revolution of the 21st century.” Ever optimistic, J. Morris Hicks.
Optimistic? Why am I optimistic and why do I want to focus much of my effort on the young people? It’s because I have observed that bright young people get the message in our book very quickly and they usually begin to make positive changes in their diets immediately. In our book, we reported that 18% of all college students in the USA describe themselves as vegetarian—this compares to a puny 3.2% of the nation as a whole. So, why is that?
It’s because the word is getting out there about the many compelling reasons for adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. And the college kids are listening and they’re taking action. Two recent examples:
My nephew Shawn (27). While studying for his PhD at Georgia Tech six years ago, Shawn read Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live that I gave him—and stopped eating ALL animal products a few weeks later. Over the next few months, he lost twenty pounds that he didn’t even know he needed to lose. He has been eating at 4Leaf ever since and is now traveling the world out of New York, working with one of the most prominent consulting firms in the world.
My youngest friend in Stonington, Tim (29). Last summer, I shared a few sailing trips with Tim (a new member of our yacht club) and while sailing, we chatted about food and many other things. Even before reading our book, he then started trying some of the ideas that I shared with him. He now has our book on his iPhone (via iBooks), has lost 25 pounds (without trying), is eating 4Leaf for many of his meals and is still making improvements in his diet.
He has joined our 4Leaf Potluck Dinner Club in Stonington and is trying to learn how to cook. A scientist with Pfizer, he excitedly talks about the implications of the message in our book on the medical and pharmaceutical industry. He agrees that making drugs for food-borne illnesses is not a very gratifying career and he looks forward to being a part of the inevitable industry transformation to promoting health vs. just treating symptoms.
My lecture this evening at the University of Kentucky is entitled:
The “Big Picture”—How our food choices affect the promotion of health, hope and harmony on planet Earth
I will begin with a quote by a famous Kentuckian and UK graduate, Wendell Berry:
People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health….and are treated by the health industry which pays no attention to food.
Toward the end of the lecture, which features much about the environmental damage caused by our rich Western diet, I include another thoughtful quote by Mr. Berry:
“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions…and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”
Handy 5-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
- Dr. Campbell’s new book: WHOLE, Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.
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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation