Pope speaks out regarding FOOD & ENVIRONMENT

At the United Nations FAO nutrition conference in Rome

Pope at FAO

Pope Francis addresses the FAO conference of the U.N. on November 20 in Rome.

Could he be that rare global leader we so desperately need? When one of the most prominent leaders in the world makes caring, intelligent comments about FOOD and the ENVIRONMENT in the same speech at a U.N. conference, it catches my attention.

Not only is he prominent, Pope Francis may very well be THE single most influential person in the world today. In addition to the 1.2 billion Catholics, he could also influence an additional one or two billion people like me—those who admire and respect him as a person of great integrity and compassion. Excerpts from his speech at the U.N. FAO conference in Rome last week (11-20-14):

God always forgives mankind, but the earth does not…If men continue to be greedy abusing natural resources to make a profit, the earth will eventually take her revenge…Take care of the earth so it does not respond with destruction…Primacy of profit and market priorities have obstructed efforts to fight global hunger and malnutrition.

This is the poolside bar where I met Padre Jerry

This is the poolside bar where I met Padre Jerry

How did I first hear about this speech? From a Catholic priest (my friend, Padre Jerry) who was attending a health conference in the Dominican Republic this week where I was speaking.

After meeting him at the poolside bar the previous evening, he slipped me a handwritten note (about the Pope in the news) the next day, just before I delivered my speech entitled: Food. Health. Planet. The only viable pathway to the longterm sustainability of humanity.

In my speeches on this topic, after describing our almost hopeless environmental dilemma driven by our food choices, I always talk about the desperate need for powerful leadership to WAKE UP the sleeping public before we run out of time. Pope Francis could be that powerful leader we’ve been seeking. He’s definitely well-qualified for the job—according to this corporate headhunter. Check out this resume:

RESUME — His Holiness Pope Francis

  • Name: Jorge Mario Bergoglio
  • Address: The Vatican, Rome, Italy
  • Age: 77, born on December 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Education: Philosophical & Theological Faculty of San Miguel, Univ. of Buenos Aires
  • Job description: Leads church of over 1.2 billion people
  • Compensation package: Room, board, clothing and unlimited international travel
  • One of the top three most recognized people in the world
  • Globally revered for his goodness, kindness, compassion & integrity
  • Understands that unchecked, human greed will destroy the world
  • Knows that human activity is wrecking the environment
  • Arguably the most respected person in the world
As with Bill Clinton, this book will allay the Pope's fears about the quality of a plant-based diet.

As with Bill Clinton, this book will allay the Pope’s fears about the quality of a plant-based diet.

Qualified to lead, all he needs is a little further enlightenment. He simply needs to  learn the following not-so-well-known facts from qualified experts in medicine, science and environmental studies:

  1. Humans can flourish on a whole food, plant-based diet. We don’t “need” to eat ANY animal-based food.
  2. On a per-calorie basis, it takes OVER ten times as much land, water and energy to produce animal based foods as it does for plant-based foods.
  3. Given the above facts, we can easily feed the world’s 7.2 billion people a superior, disease-reversing diet on far less land than we’re now using.
  4. As agricultural land is freed up and returned to nature, our fragile ecosystem can begin to heal.
  5. As a bonus, that superior diet is capable of wiping out most of the world’s chronic disease, curbing global warming, easing the water crisis, and reversing the human destruction of our ecosystem.
  6. Changing what we eat is our ONLY pragmatic option for preventing the collapse of our civilization well before the end of this century.
  7. It is also our ONLY option for bringing all humans back to living in harmony with nature—a prerequisite for our longterm survival as a species.
Stephen Emmott's book will help the pope understand the unprecedented planetary emergency we face.

Stephen Emmott’s book will help the Pope understand the unprecedented planetary emergency we face.

CONCLUSION. Once Pope Francis learns that all of these seven points are true, a man of his courage, integrity and compassion—will know what to do. And he very well may be our ONLY chance.

So how do we further enlighten this great man of God so that he will urgently begin leading the entire world back to living in harmony with nature? The process begins with Padre Jerry and his fellow priests in Newfoundland.

Plan of Action. When I said farewell to the Padre on November 24, I suggested to him that he was most certainly the ONLY one of the world’s 400,000+ Catholic priests who was even thinking about bringing this desperate topic to the attention of the Pope at this time. He agreed that I was probably right and he also agreed to work with me in gaining an audience with His Holiness.

For that all-important enlightenment process, I would invite a carefully-selected group of five people to join me and Padre Jerry for that initial meeting with Pope Francis. In order to allay any doubts he might have about health or science, this stellar group would join us at the table: Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Shane Williams (cardiologist), Dr. Stephen Emmott (author of TEN BILLION) and James Cameron (world-renown environmentalist, explorer and movie director). Rounding out the table of ten would be several of the Pope’s top officials.

For this holiday, please pray for our success in the successful engagement of this rare global leader. No less than our future as a species hangs in the balance. 

Jeff Anhang, environmental specialist and research officer. He advises on managing environmental and social risks and opportunities in investments by the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Jeff Anhang, environmental specialist, research officer

Just before posting this blog, I received a message from my scientist friend at the World Bank Group. Jeff Anhang and his now deceased colleague, Robert Goodland, reported in 2009 that at least 51% of ALL human induced GGH is attributable to livestock, Worldwatch 2009.

Today, Jeff is sharing a powerful “Turkey Day”message; one that Pope Francis could use to influence billions of people to heed: How turkey this Thanksgiving might save our world.

We’ve all talked about going cold turkey; how about NO TURKEY?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

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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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4 Responses to Pope speaks out regarding FOOD & ENVIRONMENT

  1. maule5662h says:

    Re Times Editorial “Consider rescuing humanity”:

    My email to the newspaper re their Editorial today:

    PUBLICIZE the most effective way! —>
    Change to plant-based nutrition!!

    Get educated, at the below link, and publicize the world-saving and many other benefits of changing to whole foods, plant-based nutrition:

    2015—Long Overdue Breakthrough Year | J. Morris Hicks, writer. speaker. activist.

    You could publish this Jim Hick’s Blog in the paper!
    – – – – – – – – – –
    The time has arrived for the four breakthroughs that Jim Hicks writes about!
    His conclusion:
    “The Bottom Line. As the news about the incredible POWER of whole plants to reverse disease becomes common knowledge, change will come and it may very well come quickly.
    2015 is THE YEAR for that NEWS to break and for that rapid CHANGE to begin.”
    – – – – – – – – – –
    This is an exciting time in the rapid progress toward educating the public on “The Diet For All Reasons!”
    Please be a further big part of this “Rescuing Humanity” via publicizing optimal nutrition for humans!

    Sincerely and very hopeful Etc.

  2. CJ says:

    Hello Jim, hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday. What a great post for the holiday — encouraging and inspiring as always. The image of you and the plant-based “dream team” talking environmental realities and the moral imperatives of food security and change in the Vatican — awesome! Sure would like to see that happen sometime soon in 2015. You can make it happen!

  3. Joanne Irwin says:

    Jim, one more thing. I would send him a copy of your book asap. Perhaps ask Padre Jerry to hand deliver a copy to him. I think it would be important for him to read it before meeting you. Would give him the impetus to discuss issues with you!! Good luck!

  4. Joanne Irwin says:

    Jim, I will certainly put this on the top of my prayer list. Would be wonderful if this audience could take place. Pope Francis just might be the ONE!! Keep us posted. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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