I've been thinking about this for a while now. Of course this type of diet would not be popular with 99% of the population especially as the bread, rice, pasta industry is big business in most parts of the world.
One thing I have heard is that the Paleo diet would not be sustainable. But couldn't we just breed more animals? The human population seems to rise, so why shouldn't the animal population too?
Also, many diseases would be solved; no one would have to suffer things like diabetes, obesity would be non-existent and the gradual decline in health as we age would be almost non existent.
Of course it may cost a fair amount of money. But think of the benefits, less money needed for hospitals, care homes, certain food industries, no obesity and a greater output as people would be able to be more productive in their healthier bodies - well in my opinion anyway. There are a whole host of other benefits of turning a nation to Paleo; this may sound a bit ambitious, but a start would be to get it recognized and hyped up by the government, wouldn't it?
I think even if the government did have access to this diet, for political and economical reasons they may continue with the failed mantras of "eat less, exercise more" and "high carb, low fat" etc. Also the government would not actively have to take the blame, whereas the Paleo diet would be a big risk for a government to undertake in many respects.
Perhaps my ideas are crazy or they need developing but its just what I think.
The most realistic thing you can do is introduce it to your friends and relatives. Paleo could eventually gain traction like Atkins did and the consumer demand would just change how companies pursue profit.
So you want to convince the US government to do a complete 180 on their dietary recommendations that have led to epidemic disease in this country? And open themselves up for huge lawsuits based on their pushing an agenda based on flimsy science? Not a chance. They're going to stick to their guns to the bitter end. The bitter end, of course, is soon since we can't really afford to care for all the obese, diabetic, chronically inflamed and other victims of SAD.
Moreover, you going to have to convince the following groups: the grain lobby; the pharmaceutical lobby; the AMA, the AHA, and every other physician group that has stuck with the evil fats argument and pushed high carb diets on their patients; all the scientists who have invested decades in promoting high carb "science." Too many people have too much vested in maintaining the status quo.
The only way you're going to get a paradigm shift is through a critical mass of people eating Paleo type diets and not coming down with the plagues of modern America; a critical mass of physicians who have come around to embrace the heterodox position; a critical mass of young scientists who keep overturning the bad nutritional science with good studies.
And even then you're going to have to deal with all the various environmentalists and whatnot trotting out their arguments about how much corn it takes to raise one cow (umm, here's your answer--it takes exactly zero pounds of grain to get one pound of meat), and how are we going to feed the world, blah, blah. And they may be right--maybe it is unsustainable, but then again, so is having ridiculous birth rates in the face of obvious shortages of even grain based foods.
Do what is best for yourself. Getting government involved only tends to muck things up. Government is, after all, not at all Paleo. ;)
No, I don't want the government involved. That's the last thing we need. What people eat is none of the government's business and they never should have taken an "official position" in the first place on nutrition. I have no need for anything to be officially recognized. I think it's best to lead by one's own example and spread the word to those who will listen and give it a go.
Obama's personal trainer, Cornell McClellan (a Vegan) already called it a "silly fad diet."
I doubt it would work .
This way will never be mainstream because there is no profit in it as generated for the SAD way of eating.
Bear with me for a minute ...........
I can say this because my dogs and cats are fed as nature would eating unprocessed prey animal parts and are the healthiest you can find. Immune systems protect them from all parasites . Suffice to say Healthy because they eat what they were designed to live on. ~bonus is no vet bills unless there is a rare emergency.
IMHO ..... Paleo WOE way will never be mainstream simply because *
there is no profit in it.
* I get a lot of wild game but other meats mostly from where I buy our food.
Same as with us there is no one to make a big profit on what we eat.
I wish it could happen, but it won't in my life time. I am hoping for a "survival of the fittest."
There is no profit in eating "real foods" for the BIG companies out there, plus they would always be spending money to discredit the eating of REAL FOODS, reaching the masses through the media.
What about growing meat in a test-tube? (They're working on it.) On one hand it's the ultimate GMO. But, it's a way to cheaply make large amounts of meat with better nutrient profiles than that which comes from CAFO. I think this would help make it sustainable; however, it may fulfill the letter but not the spirit of the Paleo lifestyle.
I feel so strongly about this that I started a whole blog about this, and I have been carefully following the legislation and the money behind it. We can probably recommend all we want, but as Robb Wolf says, we are not going to change this by going to Administrators, Government, etc. It will happen when we make choices with our wallets. I have a category dedicated to this topic on my blog PaleoFreedom
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