When it comes to the most important topics in the world.
Last week (10-18-12), David Brooks of the New York Times ran a column entitled A Sad Green Story. He chronicled a number of sad scenarios in our brief forty year history of green initiatives. But the saddest part was that he never said a single word about the incredibly wasteful, inefficient, unsustainable and NON-GREEN typical western diet.
One of David’s summary quotes, “All in all, the once bright green future is looking grimmer. Green tech is decidedly less glamorous, tarnished by political and technological disappointments.” Here’s what I posted online under his article. (See link below).
It’s too bad that many of the most important issues in the world must be politicized—with everyone seemingly split 50-50 on everything. Meanwhile, our planet and our way of life are in serious peril.
There has been life on planet Earth for 4 billion years and we humans have been here only 5/1000th of one percent of that time—a mere 200,000 years. And, as reported in the great movie HOME (2009), “In just the last fifty years, we humans have inflicted more damage on the fragile harmony of nature than all previous generations of humans combined.”
As for politics; the most crucial issue of all is not even being discussed. As you probably know, our food choices basically determine how our planet is used. And what we’re eating today in the western world is a grossly unsustainable diet. The U.N. says that on their website, but Al Gore never mentioned it in his movie.
Plain and simple, we’re eating the wrong food. And it’s driving an impending global calamity, the likes of which the world has never seen. We’re running out of land and we’re running out of water. As Philip Wollen says, “If everyone in the world ate what we eat in the United States, we’d need two planet Earths to feed us all. We only have one, and she is dying.”
The Bottom Line. The planet is going to be just fine, regardless of what we do. The problem is her longterm ability to sustain human life. For the “big picture” regarding this issue, here’s how I see it: Forget “saving the planet.” Think great-grandchildren.
David ended his article with this statement:
This is a story of overreach, misjudgments and disappointment.
Disappointment? The biggest disappointment of all is that our brightest and most knowledgeable journalists and experts continue to miss the single biggest point when it comes to our environment and the single biggest point when it comes to our health. And it’s the same damn point.
We’re eating the wrong food!
I recommend that David walk down the hall and drop in on his colleague at the Times, Mark Bittman. He may very well be the most-knowledgeable prominent journalist in the world when it comes to the havoc being wrought by our typical western diet.
Maybe these two great minds can collaborate and agree to start providing some much-needed clarity on this crucial topic.
- Source article. A Sad Green Story – NYTimes.com.
- Earlier blog. Mark Bittman on global warming—NY Times
- Earlier blog. Doing “things right” or doing the “right thing?
- The link to the great movie HOME & Earthlings
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- 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.
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