Nutrition? Pshaw. Earth is lurching toward the sixth mass extinction, so proper nutrition isn’t high on the list of priorities. Not that it ever was, but we have an excuse now.
Scientists estimate 99% of the species that ever existed no longer do. It’s a routine part of life on Earth, although there’s absolutely nothing routine about current events. The planet is losing mammal species at a rate 20 to 100 times higher than in the past due to habitat destruction and climate change. Even the ‘fit’ species haven’t been able to adapt.
Equally alarming is the environmental destruction. Huge sections of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s natural wonders, are dying as a result of overheated seawater. And that’s just one example. Ice melt at the Earth’s poles is another significant danger sign. Plus, the crack in the Antarctic ice has grown by 11 miles, paving the way for a dramatic break.
Meanwhile Mr. Trump, unfettered by facts and any grasp of reality, has declared climate change a Chinese hoax.
So hold the green tea and hummus; give me a cheeseburger and a Yoo-hoo, dammit. Pile on the gluten, load up on sugar and lactose and trans fats, salt everything until it’s crunchy, what’s the worst that can happen? Loud digestion? Meh, life wasn’t meant to be lived on tofu and protein drinks. We want fried chicken; we need comfort foods. Bring on the pizza and bacon, the ice cream and popcorn (heavy on the salt, heavier on the butter), the Twinkies and beer.
After the Intelligence Committee hearing on the Russia / wiretapping business, I got a retweet from Garry Kasparov, the chess guy: ‘The house is on fire, Trump is running around with a box of matches, and the GOP wants to know who called the fire department.’ Yup, that’s the worrisome part, all right. Who leaked.
Clearly, this country and the planet are in perilous territory and we can’t trust the clowns in charge to navigate the dangers. They’ve turned a blind eye. So we may as well enjoy ourselves while we can. Because, one way or another, Trump and his minions are going to kill us all. Or, best case, we’ll only wish we were dead.