Ann Wigmore Insitute of Living Foods Graduation Speech 2/10 by JC Corcoran


Early in the 1990’s a team of over 1670 senior scientists, including 104 Nobel Laureates (a majority of the living recipients), issued a warning to the world. It read in part: “A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated.”


More recently the United Nations Environment Programme released a study involving 1,400 scientists. They said that the speed at which mankind has used the Earth’s resources over the past 20 years has put “humanity’s very survival” at risk. The bleak verdict on the environment was issued as an “urgent call for action” and said that the “point of no return” was fast approaching.


Today there are about 6.8 billion people on the planet and we are adding an astonishing billion every 15-20 years! This growing throng of people murder and eat more than 50 billion land and sea animals around the world every year - non-stop


Human pursuit of animal protein is the leading cause of global climate change, energy use, air pollution, freshwater use and pollution, topsoil loss, habitat destruction and species extinction (we are living through, and responsible for, a mass extinction that hasn’t been seen on Earth since the dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago)! The United Nations recently published "Livestock's Long Shadow." It concludes that eating meat is "one of the most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global."


We have but one planet and it’s imperative that we change our ways, for what we are doing is simply unsustainable. The Ann Wigmore Institute is about thinking differently about our food and we need to expand this thought process to a global scale.


Albert Einstein had this incredible insight to share with the world over 50 years ago, “Nothing will benefit human health or increase the chances the survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”  These are powerful words from a brilliant mind. There can be no doubt that he would whole heartily endorse the Living Food Lifestyle if he were alive today, for this is among the most environmental friendly lifestyles on the planet.


All great social change, from child labor to woman’s suffrage to slavery was brought to an end by small groups of people working diligently to transform society. In the previous injustices, the vast majority of the public was indifferent or opposed to any change at all.  If you want to be part of the solution, then join the ranks of this growing movement. The future is truly in your hands.


For those of you who would like to learn more about living a life of meaning, health, compassion, sustainability and peace, please visit NonViolence United and view their video A Life Connected.


To close I would like to share a quote from Unitarian minister Gary Kowalski. “Finding peace within and bringing peace to the world may start with the capacity to look into another’s eyes and recognize there a kindred soul, whether the eyes belong to a German, a Dutchman, a friend, a chimpanzee, or a wolf.”


Thank you, peace and good health to you all!


JC Corcoran