What about the ensuing economic chaos…

If everyone switched to 100% plant-based overnight?

After reading my 4th of July post about INDEPENDENCE from our grossly unsustainable lifestyle, a reader writes with this question.

Hi Jim, I was talking to a friend about your work and she asked, “Wouldn’t the economy fall apart and create major havoc if on a large scale people switched quickly to a plant-based diet?” Do you have any writing to answer this concern? Best to you. -Denise.

In just the USA, we torture and kill ten billion animals a year for our dinner tables.

We humans must learn to live IN the Earth as a part of nature—not ON the Earth and trying to control nature. These kinds of human activities are not sustainable.

I wrote back. Hi Denise, Your friend’s question is a common one. And yes, the economy would collapse if EVERYONE switched to plant-based overnight. But that will never happen. 

Even with a MASSIVE global awareness campaign, the change will take 5 or 10 years at best, not 5 or 10 days. And the world markets will have no trouble responding and reinventing themselves. Markets will always deliver what consumers are demanding. And, like smoking, some people will never change until it becomes a capital offense to produce animal-based foods, a law that will someday become a reality.

Sure, jobs will be lost, but jobs will also be gained and the savings in healthcare can be applied to the estimated $18 trillion needed to finance a twenty-year project to replace fossil fuels with renewables. And that effort will certainly create millions of new jobs.


Giving Mother Nature a hand…

And then there’s the new industry of reforesting those billions of acres of land that were cleared to raise livestock and/or grow feed for them. 

All of the above will be a beautiful thing to witness—and I hope to be spending my golden years doing just that. It will be great fun to hear about the steady improvements in all the environmental indicators as well as the news about the plummeting cost of healthcare along with the fairly rapid end of world hunger.

As Charles Eisenstein says in his book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible—will gradually start to become a reality in our lifetimes. I am reading his book now and have found it to be very enjoyable and thought-provoking. He talks about the need for the human species to learn how to live IN the Earth, as a part of nature, instead of living ON the Earth and trying to control nature.  Be well, Jim


A special thanks to my friend Marlin in Germany who told me about this book.

I have not quite finished reading this book yet, but have read enough to recommend it. He doesn’t single out our food choices but says that virtually ALL human activities are contributing to climate change and ALL of the other environmental disasters we are witnessing. Click here to purchase on Amazon. I have it on my iPhone Kindle reader and plan to finish it later today at the beach.

One hour later. Still haven’t finished the book, but found this passage from the chapter entitled REALITY. After talking about the despair that all activists eventually experience, he talks about the way that realistic vision can become a reality. It’s been said that if we can conceive a solution, then it can happen. Although I feel despair at times, I continue to believe in a real vision for the future of humanity. Eisenstein writes:

Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein

The first step in creating change, then, is to receive a vision that feels true. The second step is to heal the wounds and doubts that that vision illuminates. Without doing that, we will be conflicted, simultaneously enacting both the new story and the old one that accompanies the wounds. The third step is to bow into service to that which wants to be born. This process is not linear. Usually, the vision comes more and more into focus as we heal the doubts that obscure it; that, in turn, allows us to enter more deeply into its service.

Deeper service, in turn, brings up new dimensions of the vision along with deeper wounds. The path of service is a path of self-realization. When we are in service to something that is real, when we speak of it our words have power. Others can feel its reality too. That is why some people have the seemingly magical ability to speak things into existence. When they say such-and-such is going to happen, everyone believes it is going to happen, even if its happening depends on everyone believing it will happen.

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6 Responses to What about the ensuing economic chaos…

  1. Joe Dundas says:

    It would be very helpful if you could cite a source reference for this comment . .. .It sounds plausible, but without a source, it is likely to be dismissed as rhetoric. . . ..”In 1900 the incidence of cancer was 1 in 33, in 1950 it was 1 in 13 and news articles stated that cancer would be cured in 10 years. Today the rate is 1 in 3 for women and 1 in 2 for men and it is the leading killer of school children”

  2. Leo S. says:

    Changes Through the Years
    Things change over time. Some jobs are lost and others are created. Horses and covered wagons are not used as they were years ago. Electric vehicles are increasing in numbers and will have a beneficial effect on air quality and health of individuals because of the reduction in pollution due to use of fossil fuels. China now produces more renewable energy than they get from nuclear power. Tesla creates many jobs in the U.S., Europe and China by building their Supercharging Stations which will provide electricity, from renewable sources, free for Tesla owners, and enough extra electricity to put into the grid for other users of electric appliances or devices, even for people who do not or are not old enough to drive.

    The Affordable Care Act is another way to pay for illness. Changes in lifestyle may show improvement in health and reduction or elimination of medication and/or its cost. Medicare has offered the Pritikin and the Ornish Progams since 2010 but one has to be documented by a physician that they have a qualifying illness. People should become familiar with these prinicples and make an effort to change their lifestyles with the hope of lessening or preventing various illlnesses. The younger a person is when lifestyle changes are made the easier it will be to prevent various conditions.

    In 1900 the incidence of cancer was 1 in 33, in 1950 it was 1 in 13 and news articles stated that cancer would be cured in 10 years. Today the rate is 1 in 3 for women and 1 in 2 for men and it is the leading killer of school children.

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