_I watched a program, which was based upon the Space Station traveling around the globe every 90 minutes. It picked certain spots on the surface and explained what can be seen from above and what is happening on the ground during the time it takes astronauts to make one circumnavigation.
One segment sparked a thought. Las Vegas is visible from space. It uses excessive amounts of natural resources to survive. Like the Space Station, everything needed for survival must be transported from somewhere else. But, that was not the point. The point made was that Las Vegas is the “fattest” place on earth. It has the most overweight people, and scenes of obese people eating illustrated this.
The program made a point about dwindling natural resources and the need to feed a growing human population. There will be 7 billion people consuming calories by 2050. Will Americans be able to afford to be fat? Will they be able to even eat well? Most think that they have a god-given right to overeat.
At some point they may learn that there is no god, when food companies chose profits over patriotism. Will American food manufacturers ship dwindling supplies to the highest bidder? Of course they will, because profit is more important than friendship, charity, or any other human emotion.
I make this prediction, but will not—fortunately or unfortunately—live to experience my clairvoyance or lack there of in 2050. Bon appetite.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.