The FIVE most powerful vegans in the United States

Can you guess who they are?

Three from business and two from government. It is true that only a small minority has given up meat and dairy, but it’s getting more popular every day. The following video was posted in November of 2010 and is a bit dated, but the five prominent vegans are still going strong. (Based on Business Week article, link below)

John Salley, vegan

Just to keep the suspense going, the following vegan personalities are not on this 2010 list: Ellen Degeneres, John Sally, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tony Gonzalez, Bill Ford, Arian Foster, Marilu Henner, Venus & Serena Williams, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and many more.

Personally, I think it’s significant that there are three prominent business CEOs on this list. That’s because the business CEOs of America are the most powerful group of individuals who actually have a strong financial incentive for their employees to be healthy. And, as they start promoting healthy eating within their corporations, they’ll gradually be removing one of the single biggest costs of doing business—paying an excessive healthcare bill for the workforce.

Michelle Pfeiffer, vegan

Now for the domino effect. As the first wave of CEOs teach their employees how to take charge of their own health, other CEOs will find it difficult to compete in the marketplace unless they do the same.

As for the government side, eventually the leaders in this video will help the nation and the world understand the incredible damage that our toxic western diet is inflicting—on our health, the cost of health care, global warming, soil erosion, water availability and world hunger. When it comes to our food choices in the western world….

Meet the leaders who are going to help the world see the big picture.

Now for the good news. You don’t necessarily have to become a vegan or a vegetarian to become healthy—or to promote the best health for the planet. All you have to do is concentrate on maximizing the percent of your calories from whole, plant-based foods. If you can derive over 80% of your total calories from those healthiest of foods, you’ll be eating a healthier diet than most vegans—and you’ll be doing your share when it comes to saving the planet.

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We call it 4Leaf for Life. And it simply means deriving over 80% of your daily calories from whole plants. Not for a few months or until you lose the desired weight, but for the rest of your life.

You’ll be making a permanent lifestyle choice that will generate enormous rewards for you and your family. You’ll be protecting yourself against chronic disease, conserving our water supply, freeing up land to feed the world’s hungry and you’ll be doing your part to end the barbaric treatment of animals in the factory farms of the world.   —My 650th consecutive daily blog—

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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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3 Responses to The FIVE most powerful vegans in the United States


    So much of his activity deserves the widest possible distribution. Several years ago, I collected his audio interviews with Dr. Campbell. I have repeatedly used them in “wired for sound” long walks.

    It makes my day to see Dennis Kucinich (4.550.000 hits) featured in latest posting. I first met Dennis at the 2007 NCMR (National Conference for Media Reform) in Memphis. Seldom do I talk with a politician who is so gifted in spontaneous flawless speech..English is a good language. Why ruin it? Remember Bush talking about “putting food on your families”? Such sloppy speech contrasts with eloquence of Dennis. He remains a thoroughly decent man through and through.and was one of the few and the proud.advocating that crimes have consequences. . Although he has a Catholic tradition, he does NOT wear his religion on his sleeve or claim to get messages from god – (Remember George Bush) . Even though Dennis lost his seat through redistricting, I expect good things from Dennis. Search “KUCINICH ACTION” for 6,000,000 hits!

    After taking STRONG exception to fans of General Petraeus, taken as a whole, the work of J. Morris Hicks evident on HEALTHY EATING – HEALTHY WORLD site remains exceptional. I believe that those starting from scratch with any search engine on any topic worth learning about will inevitably land upon one of his well organized posts replete with valuable links. One great link leads to another: The resources available on line – a few clicks away – organized by J. Morris Hicks remain EXCEPTIONAL for all who seek truth on optimal nutrition and lifestyle. For example,, among zillions of other posts, his “DAIRIES to BERRIES” artilcle was very well designed.. This posting from Tuesday 6 November 2012 was one of the best that I have ever seen. The featured two minute video clip was truly exceptional and required viewing for all seekers of truth. Even though we have had enough of Petraeus – TILLMAN STORY (2010) is required viewing. it is available in ordinary DVD or Blue Ray format from any decent library or FREE on line.


    • J. Morris Hicks says:

      Many thanks Gerhardt, for you very kind remarks. Yes, it would be great if everyone shared all of this information with everyone they know. Best, Jim Hicks

  2. MikeR says:

    Business Week article is also from 2010. I think you might want to find something a little more recent. But I think you’re right about the influence a CEO might have on his/her company if that CEO ate a plant-based diet and offered plant-based options in company cafeteria and offered heath insurance discounts or rebates to employees who met certain health markers.

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