Stepping off the plane in a winter rain as a self described 'fellow traveller', he was here to soak up the vibe,
to witness the change in the most obese nation in the world, the nation with the empty beaches and endless parks, the next day, , in one of them he found..
a middle aged businessman sweating there to loose his extra weight under the watchful eye of his personal trainer.
His mobile rang and he picked it up shouting angrily that he wants to change the menu of his prepared party for a hundred guests, he doesn't care if food is already made and go to waste, he pays and wants something else with less sugar and fat
The trainer, a vegan by choice with holistic training under his belt, reassured the man that one night doesn't mean anything if he is not ready to change his whole lifestyle accordingly..
The fellow traveller watched a close-range encounter between two men driven by conflicting codes of honour and decency.
Both Australian men of similar age, conservative, generally consistent about their core values and their respect for traditional authority and uncertain about radical change.
Julian Cribb,the athour of the book: 'The coming famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It', approached them with the question he came here to ask.
"Do you fear that we run out of our food supply?" The men stopped on their track unsure what to think, while Julian added that the food system is already creating misery for the poor.
"It's not our problem, mate," the businessman waved his hand. The trainer smiled politely: " We eat too much here and people pay their price."
"Maybe you would be happy to hear then, that by the middle of this century the world will be unable to feed itself unless there are radical changes to agriculture, land and water usage..."
"Good news for us then, no more problems with being overweight," laughed the businessman cheerfully.
It is the biggest challenge we face because it is even more immediate than climate change, Julian added urgently.
"Modern diet has to change," the trainer said in agreement with Julian, "and the way modern cities recycle resources, there is so much waste."
Julian smiled broadly: "Precisely..." "Lady Gaga's concert tonight," the businessman chipped in, "she has her famous meat dress on, no danger of not enough meat there, ha,ha, ha."
"And look at that endless mass media food advertisements," the trainer pointed the finger at him: " There is more food not less."
"As things stand," Julian sighed impatiently,"we will probably lose about a quarter of our food supply in the next few decades when the world's population will grow from 7 billion to 10 billion."
But both men had already lost interest in his prophecy concentrating on their more immediate concern, how to survive in the world of food over-supply...
The same evening in a pouring rain struggling to get through the Lady Gaga's fans, many dressed in 'made home' meat clothes, he boarded the plane again and left the country of the most obese people who don't believe in incoming famine...
and what about you, what do you believe, where do you stand?