What was missing? There was not a single word about food choices. Why is that?
First, let me explain that I didn't notice the omission until I re-read the post the following day. At that time, I realized that I had not decided in advance to omit the mention of food choices--it was just that a mention of that topic in that BSB just wasn't necessary, and may have been problematic.
The blogpost was all about looking at "Earth as a System" and then working deliberately toward an ultimate system of equilibrium, wherein humanity and nature can coexist indefinitely.
So I mentioned the two obvious human behaviors that almost everyone agrees are grossly unsustainable in addition to the over over-dependence on fossil fuels which is primarily driven by the first two:
- Out-of-control population growth, adding a net 230,000 people every single day.
- A global economy based on the maximization of the consumption of STUFF in a world of finite resources.
Even an average middle schooler knows that combo is not going to work for much longer. But food choices are a whole different ballgame. Why is that?
Because of the Protein Myth. Knowing that over 90% of the "best and brightest" in the world are believers in the "protein myth," to mention the idea that we should not be eating the highly wasteful, harmful and unsustainable animal-based foods would've just been confusing, and possibly alienating, for my targeted mainstream audience.
Protein Myth defined:
The widespread, yet misinformed, belief that we must eat animal protein in order to be healthy.
Subconsciously, I was thinking that mentioning the "protein myth" at that time would've caused me to lose many of my readers--before they had a chance to fully understand the "big picture" about how the "protein myth" locks the brains of the best and brightest scientists, thinkers and leaders in the world.
And it's the consequences of those locked brains that are so worrisome. See statement below the image here from one of my presentation slides:
The Bottom Line. First we need to sell the idea that we should be looking at our relationship with nature as one of a single "system" that must be carefully managed if we're going to survive as a species.
Then, once millions of mainstream scientists, thinkers and leaders become aware of what's at stake, they will be far more open to the idea of the tremendous "home-run" of a global shift to plant-based eating: For our health, for our ecosystem and for our future as a species.