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Press release, 6th june 2008:
Food Summit in Rome: "High Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy"
The UN Conference about global food security ended yesterday without any real results. That is not surprising because the question into which channels food disappears which is being withheld from humans, has not been asked. Also the real causes for climate change remain a topic of taboo for the United Nations.
But things could be so easy! All it would take is the for the UN to give full significance to their own studies and to act accordingly: Already at the end of 2006, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) published a report which clearly explains that the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than the entire world-wide traffic. So if really something is to be done against climate change, one needs start at the root of the problems, especially since the most significant of all can be found on dinner tables daily (and even at this conference!): meat.
Moreover, a global strategy for less meat consumption would not only be profitable for the climate.
The shortening of the food chain makes it possible to produce up to 10 times more food on a given piece of land since the detour via animal stomachs represents an extremely wasteful process.
That is why Yvo de Boer, head of the UN climate agency (UNFCCC), commented the world food program by stating:
When will the UN have enough courage to listen to their own experts and to really stop global hunger instead of only debating the symptoms of it?
With kind regards
Swiss Association for Vegetarianism
Schweizerische Vereinigung für Vegetarismus (SVV)
Sources and more information:
- UNO-press-release from November 2006: Livestock a major threat to environment
- Climate change and a responsible diet
Scientists and international organisatio about this topic.
- UN News Centre: Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report warns, 29.11.2006
- Herald Tribune: Diet for a hot planet, 24.11.2006
- The NewStandard: Meat Contributes to Climate Change, UN Study Confirms, 7.12.2006
- EVANA: Cow 'emissions' more damaging to planet than CO2 from cars, 10.12.2006
- EVANA: Would you stop eating meat to save the planet?, 28.12.2006