From those who bring us “all the news that’s fit to print”

The New York Times shamelessly promotes the meat industry.

News: Coffee is free on the 4th of July at Starbucks. Thank you Howard. Just got my free cup in Mystic, CT and am now finishing it up on the train to NYC  for the day.

Shameless meat promotion; just in time for the 4th of July. Appearing in the Sunday Review section on July 1, I actually had trouble believing that what I was reading was actually accepted as a legitimate article by the editorial staff of this prominent newspaper. The article led off thusly:

As Americans plan their Independence Day barbecues, they should skip the tony sirloins and chops, and opt for what can be the most sustainable, economical, gastronomically flexible and morally responsible cut of meat: ground. (See link below to full article)

Happy 4th of July from my humble abode, where no dead animal will be eaten on our nation’s birthday or any other day of the year.

Sustainable? No form of meat consumption (including fish) is sustainable. With 7 billion humans and rising, our meat-eating days will be completely over by the end of this century—maybe much sooner. It is inevitable.

Gastronomically flexible? What does that mean? As the leading cause of colon cancer, heart disease and diabetes; how is any form of meat now considered gastronomically flexible?

Morally responsible? Torturing and killing 60 billion animals per year so that we can eat their flesh? How morally responsible is that? Of course, the writers recommend the non-factory farm meat—which comprise about one percent of the meat in America. Don’t kid yourself with things like free range chickens and grass fed beef; they’re even less sustainable than the factory farm varieties of meat.

Maybe the editor-in-chief of the New York Times should take a look at what Philip Wollen (former Citibank exec) had to say about eating meat. A few key excerpts followed by his fiery ten minute May 2012 speech (video):

Just in time for the 4th of July, the New York Times does their part to support the meat producers of the world.

Animal suffering. Only 100 billion people have ever lived. 7 billion are alive today. And we torture and kill two billion animals every week.

Animal Rights is now the greatest Social Justice issue since the abolition of slavery.

World hunger. 1 billion people today are hungry. 20 million people will die from malnutrition. Cutting meat by only 10% will feed 100 million people. Eliminating meat will end starvation forever. If everyone ate a Western diet, we would need 2 Planet Earths to feed them. We only have one. And she is dying.

A crime of epic proportions. Poor countries sell their grain to the West while their own children starve in their arms. And we feed it to livestock. So we can eat a steak? Am I the only one who sees this as a crime? 

Please take ten minutes to watch this powerful message from down under:

My challenge for the executive editor, Jill Abramson, of the New York Times. I am going to give her the same challenge two-fold challenge that Mr. Wollen gave the opposing panel down under. Maybe after gaining a better understanding, Ms. Abramson will be better and more responsibly equipped to decide what is “fit to print.”

Tonight I have two Challenges for the opposition:

  • Meat causes a wide range of cancers and heart disease. Will they name one disease caused by a vegetarian diet?
  • I am funding the Earthlings trilogy. If the opposition is so sure of their ground, I challenge them to send the Earthlings DVD to all their colleagues and customers. Go on I DARE YOU.” (Click here to view the movie “Earthlings” on this site.

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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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2 Responses to From those who bring us “all the news that’s fit to print”

  1. elleham says:

    We hope that you will follow up on this with a letter to the Times editor, as you have a great deal of expertise and resources to share. Such a news publication has a responsibllity to continuously expose the inhumane, unsanitary, health dangers of factory farms and meat consumption. We will let the Times know our opinion, as we encourage others to do the same.

  2. An egregiously irresponsible (as well as heartless) editorial. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. And thanks,too, for promoting Wollen’s talk; I saw it first on this blog and have been spreading the word. Your critique of the Times is right to the point: even Bill Gates at this point gets it! What is wrong with the Times? Bittman gets it and still he pushes meat recipes on a vacillating public. This editorial should be met with a cascade of letters to the editor, decrying its display of pusillanimity and utter fecklessness.

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