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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Janice Norris: You have a weapon that fights terrorism

  • Our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies is the fork.
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  • We see lots of things in the world that need changing.  Dr. Mark Hyman says we each own a secret weapon that weighs only a few ounces.  He says if it is use correctly, it can change and transform our world into a better place.  We could end obesity and chronic disease, revitalize our children’s health, achieve academic excellence, topple corrupt governments, restore our depleted soils, clean up our water supply, and reverse climate change.  It is more powerful than any other tool we can use to end most of the world’s problems.  That weapon is your fork!
    Most of us quietly, hopelessly, endure, waiting for someone else to solve the problem.  Henry David Thoreau said we “live lives of quiet desperation”. We think the problem is just too big.  ‘How’, you may think, ‘Can I fight Big Food, Big Agriculture, Big Pharma, and the government policies that support them?’   But this is a very small problem.  It is the size of your fork.  It can be solved in your kitchen and by what you put on your fork.  It is a very local problem, as local as your mouth.
                Hyman reminds us that civil and women’s rights; Gandhi’s liberation of India; the Vietnam War; the fall of the Berlin Wall; bringing down the Soviet Union and its Iron Curtain; and many other world changing events were brought about by one thing—civil disobedience.
    We just refused to accept things as they are; we collectively stood up to the oppression that weighed us down. Today, our bodies and our health are being held hostage by food terrorism. With every bite of industrial food, we contribute to the destruction of our health, our economy, and the environment.  Your fork is more powerful than any other tool we can use to end most of the world’s problems.
     Hyman is heading up a grassroots civil disobedience movement around food.  He is calling it a “Global Eat-In” and he wants us to join him and thousands (maybe millions) of others as we cook and eat real food with family members and friends at home for just one day—April 7, 2013.  It will take only one day to change everything.   We only get what we accept.  Even though this crisis is subtle, insidious and is the greatest threat to our freedom, we have the power to end it.
    On his blog, he writes, “Imagine if, just for one day, we all chose to buy only fresh, whole, real, sustainably-raised or harvested food, food that heals both our body and our environment.  If we only buy foods without labels, foods that come from nature, and avoid any food made or processed in a factory or altered from its original state.
    Page 2 of 2 - Imagine if we cooked and ate all those meals at home with family and friends (or made them at home and brought them with us to work or school).  Imagine if, suddenly, we didn’t buy the 1 billion Cokes consumed around the world everyday or add to the “billions served” at McDonald’s.  Imagine if we could boycott the $1 trillion processed and fast food industry for just one day.  Imagine what a ripple effect that would have.”
    Hyman continues, “It will take only one day to change everything.   We only get what we accept.  The crisis affecting us now is our greatest threat to freedom.  It affects billions of people and robs our children of productive, healthy futures.  It deprives us of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’, the very foundation of our democracy.  
    Our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies is the fork.  What we put on it has tremendous implications, not just for our waistlines but also for the planet and our global economy. What we do to our bodies we do to the planet and what we do to the planet we do to our bodies.
    But we have the power to change that.  For example, if we all switched out one factory farmed meat meal for one vegetarian meal each week it would be the equivalent of taking half a million cars off the road.”
    Will Americans be willing to join the first global “Eat-In” on April 7?  Will you be willing to do this for one day to help save our health and our planet?  You can join by going to www.theeatin.org.  Hyman will be giving us the tools we will need on this website.  I encourage you to go there today and learn. We are only as helpless to change things as we think we are.   
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