J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted September 3, 2013

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The TERRIFYING repercussions of our DEMAND for meat

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From the well-researched point of view of another "big picture" guy

When I first began learning about the many repercussions of our food choices in 2002, I immediately wanted to understand the "big picture." After more than ten years of studying and three years of writing and blogging about this crucial topic, I have found another "big picture" guy---Dr. Richard Oppenlander, who has been studying, writing and speaking about this topic for more than thirty years.

Comfortably UnawareLike me, his background is not related to food, health, or the environment; yet he has become an expert in the big picture as it relates to our food choicesHis book, Comfortably Unaware, was published in 2011 by Beaufort Books and is an incredible source of information on a plethora of issues related to what we eat. From the book's description on Amazon:

In Comfortably Unaware, Dr. Richard Oppenlander tackles the crucial issue of "global depletion" as it relates to food choices. We should all be aware of our diet's consequences on the environment and commit to seeking food products that are in the best interest of all living things. His stark mental images are often disturbing--and that's how it should be. We need to be shaken out of our complacency and understand how to ensure the well-being of our planet--and of ourselves.

Oppenlander presents this information in easy-to-read chapters on issues including rainforests, oceans, and the air we breathe. His fresh insight on this controversial topic goes beyond the familiar warnings about "global warming." His book is essential reading; he provides new perspectives on how this global crisis reached such startling proportions, and how to solve the problem. 

I took this picture of Susan Benigas and her husband when they were in CT for our book launch party.
I took this picture of Susan Benigas and her husband  Jon when they were in CT for our book launch party. I urge you to click on her link and share it with every MD that you know.

Last week, my good friend Susan Benigas (Co-founder of the Plant-Based Healthcare Conference) sent me a note telling me that she had found someone who would surely become my kindred spirit---telling me that she felt like she was reading something that I wrote---and knew that I want to get to know Richard.

On Friday, I began by watching an 84-minuted video of his presentation at the March 2013 McDougall Advanced Study Weekend. I began watching the video at home, watched another half hour at the Mystic Starbucks and finished watching it on the train to New York.

As the video ended, I purchased a Kindle copy of Richard's book on Amazon and was reading Chapter 3 as I arrived at Grand Central Station. After watching this video, I am confident that you will also want to buy the book. Continue reading this article and see his video.

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