This is something I've been thinking about alot lately. It hasn't made me question how I'm eating, or how I'm voting with my dollar, as I still believe that this is the right way to eat, and most everyone would benefit from it. I want to scream at SAD people and save them!
But then I thought to myself, "What if I COULD save them? Then what?" Can we really eat Paleo without a larger population of SAD eaters? What would it do to this country? What would it do to the world?
Now, I don't think this is a sustainability question. I'm not sure WHAT kind of question this really is exactly... But for the sake of my argument I'l use some examples.
Say for instance that we were able to cripple the corn industry. What value does corn really have if we finally made this country realize that we should not be eating it? That our animals should not be eating it? What happens to all those corn farmers? Now, I'm from Indiana...and the saying goes, "There's more than corn in Indiana..." But honestly? Corn, and to a lesser extent soy, employs the majority of the state! What happens when we all decide not to eat it or feed it to our animals?
If you follow this logic to it's conclusion, we're talking about brewers, bakers, farmers, large food manufacturers...whole segments of society that must find a new way to feed themselves and their families. Whole sectors of industry and culture that must be redesigned and redefined.
Now, I'm all for major change. But this is on a massive scale! I'm not only talking about corn here, that was just an example. Think about all the things we eschew as adherents of the Paleo diet. Grains, sugar, etc... This is a complete restructuring or annihilation of entire segments of culture and industry! My question is, hypothetically (I know you doubting Thomases are going to say "Ohhh...That'll never happen!" But if we say we stand behind this, do we really? All the way?):
- Do you think we could ever succeed on such a sweeping cultural level? If so, what do all those people do? How do we get them to give up their livelihoods? How do people give up entire elements of "American culture?" i.e. - no more apple pie or maple syrup on pancakes? Sure there may be cheat days...for now. But what if this new way of living that we are defining becomes the cultural paradigm?
(I'm all for cleaning up farming, destroying the parasitic relationship that Big Chem and Big Ag cultivate [ha, get it?], cleaning up American health, etc...sweeping change. But it's a doozy to wrap your brain around. Are we really advocating this?)
EDIT: As requested, the "distilled question."
- Do you advocate total change (culturally, economically)? Why? If so, what happens if you do?