Two readers “massively disappointed” with my blog…

Posted on 11-1-13 My silence has ended—and I have a lot to report

J. Morris Hicks, always trying to focus on the big picture.

J. Morris Hicks, always trying to focus on the big picture.

While I am sorry that they were “massively disappointed,” I must admit that they made a good point. So I responded to them via email with further explanation. First, the very well-written note from Barbara and Jack:

Hello Mr. Hicks, We were drawn to read this post by the teasing line “… massive awareness campaign aimed at preserving our planet’s ability to sustain our species indefinitely” and were massively disappointed. With due respect, we don’t understand how anyone can pretend to address sustainability issues and not even mention that with 7 billion people on this planet and more arriving every second, the human species is grossly overpopulated.

Against this growing population, it is our observation that there is no “magic” in the form of a change in diet, lifestyle or technological advancement that will delay – let alone halt – the environmental destruction we’re witnessing. Henry Thoreau observed that most people hack at the leaves and branches rather than at the root of the most pressing issues. True 160 years ago; true today.

Dear Barbara and Jack,

Thank you for your comment. First of all, I totally agree with you about population control. We’re probably already well past the carrying capacity of our planet in terms of the number of humans—and it continues to worsen at the rate of about 200,000 people a day. If you read more of my 800+ blogs, you will learn that I frequently speak about the fact the we humans have three major problems when it comes to sustainability:

If all seven billion people on this planet tried to eat the way we do in the USA, we'd need two planet Earths to feed us all. We only have one and she is in trouble when it comes to her ability to sustain us as a species.

If all seven billion people on this planet tried to eat the way we do in the USA, we’d need two planet Earths to feed us all. We only have one and she is in trouble when it comes to her ability to sustain us as a species.

  1. Population
  2. The way we live
  3. The way we eat.

I figure that the first two will take decades, if not centuries, to bring into harmony with nature. But any single person can change what they eat overnight—the way Jim and Suzy Cameron did 18 months ago.

Since the way we eat determines how the world is used, eating a plant-based diet (on a per calorie basis) will require 90% less land, water and energy than eating a meat & dairy based diet. Our SOS mission is to get that message to the top two billion people in the world. The others will follow. We simply don’t have the time or resources to do everything we need to do—in terms of curbing population growth or excessive consumption.

Industrial Engineering, always looking for "the best bang for the buck."

As an industrial engineering student at Auburn, we were taught to always look for “the best bang for the buck.”

So for me, trained as an industrial engineer, I am focusing on the action that will provide the “biggest bang for the buck” in the shortest amount of time. We’re approaching a number of tipping points in the next ten years and we simply must figure out a way to make some big changes quickly.

After studying this topic since 2002, I finally reached this conclusion in just the past year:

“Shifting to a whole food, plant-based diet will do more to ensure the long-term survival of our species than ALL other possible initiatives combined.”

And there has never been a bigger win-win-win scenario in the history of humankind. While annihilating heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, eliminating most cancer and slashing the cost of healthcare—we also curb global warming, ease the water crisis, end world hunger, conserve fossil fuels, save the oceans, rivers, aquifers & rain forests, and end the needless suffering of billions of animals.

Stephen Emmott BookIn closing, you may have noticed that I had the pleasure of visiting with Dr. Stephen Emmott (author of TEN BILLION) while in London last month. He agreed that changing what we eat (eating more plants) would be much easier and quicker than trying to control our population or change the way we live.

You should read his book and also take a look a  few of my blogs that feature this exceptional visionary.

Thanks again for your provocative comment. It helps everyone better understand exactly what I am trying to say.

Be well, J. Morris Hicks.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

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 Two readers “massively disappointed” with my blog…

  1. Stan says:

    I applaud these recent accomplishments. Thanks, Jim, for the work you have done and for the work that appears to be “in the works”. Ultimately, of course, we must face and address all three problems: 1) Population, 2) The way we live, and 3) The way we eat. Progress achieved in any one is good. Progress in #3 seems to be gaining traction. Progress in all will be necessary. As President Lincoln said, “We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall” Save Our Species.

  2. Salvatore Liggieri says:

    Hey Jim,

    Family member was recently brought out of an induced coma to combat septic shock. After 52 days in a coma his first food request was a hamburger and a coke. This from a morbidly obese, diabetic, 65 year old male.

    Jim, keep banging on the bell of hope . . . the world needs all the help it can get . . . but will anyone listen? Everyone I talk to is either deaf or stupid. Even a Bill Clinton proclamation won’t budge the masses to change.

    Sal Liggieri

  3. Ann Block says:

    Hi Jim, So good to hear the updates on your recent travels, presentations, new associates and a new location (can’t believe you won’t be in Stonington anymore!)  You’ll be missed in the borough but a very wise choice as I believe you will be quite busy!  Nice to have met you and chatted at Water Street Cafe over the past many years~~  the best to you!  Annie Block

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