SUMMER READING: THE FIVE HORSEMEN OF THE MODERN WORLD

THE FIVE HORSEMEN OF THE MODERN WORLD

Climate, Food, Water, Disease and Obesity

Daniel Callahan’s new release, The Five Horsemen of the Modern World, examines what he believes are the biggest global problems facing the world right now. The issues are climate, food, water, disease and obesity. Callahan examines these problems and shines a light on the entities that block major change. Political and ideological groups, institutions and long held practices all play an interlocking role in the crisis.

Our modern value of progress reaches back to the 18th century. At the root is the belief that through reason and science the human condition can be improved. Progress is seen as a positive notion, something to continually forge ahead with. These five “horsemen” are directly related to progress.  The fallout is the basis of this book.

Food and obesity are dual partners in nations with unchecked industrial growth. Obesity is a function of the availability of cheaper but less healthy foods. Processed food, replete with preservatives and fillers are a tool of a busy nation; one in which a fast meal is in higher demand than a nutritious one. Unchecked obesity can and often does lead to diabetes. Occurrence of diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in first world countries, which directly affects the cost of medical care. Change is slow to come about: efforts to control obesity and diabetes have been met with resistance from the very groups that benefit our modern society.

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