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Petition 'FOOD vs FEED' to the UN

An appeal to the United Nations and its agencies to channel available food resources to needy people and not to farm animals

August 2008

PETITION

TO: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

COPY:
FAO - Director General Dr. Jacques Diouf
WHO - Director General Dr. Margaret Chan

Launched by:
-Jens Holm, Swedish Member of the European Parliament
-Swiss Union for Vegetarianism
-European Vegetarian and Animal News Alliance (EVANA)


'FOOD VS FEED'

Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

In 1996, the “Rome Declaration of World Food Security reaffirmed “the right of everyone to have access to safe and nutritious food“. The signatories also pledged their political will “to eradicate hunger in all countries.

In 2008, malnutrition and starvation in many parts of the world are not only increasing but are set to reach new peaks of suffering. Dwindling and wasted crops, soaring prices, unsustainable farming practices are just some of the factors which combine to put vulnerable people at life-threatening risks.

It is not acceptable that even in a grim situation with hunger and malnutrition killing nearly six million children each year, huge percentages of available crops are still being fed to farm animals.

In the name of humanity, a responsible global community can no longer afford to invest 7-16 kg of grain or soya beans, up to 15,500 liters of water, and 323 m2 of grazing land in the production of just one kilo of beef for those with the means to pay for it. More accessible and sustainable avenues to secure food for all are desperately needed.

Unfortunately, even though the experts of the FAO consider 'Livestock a major threat to environment', they merely recommend different farming techniques, some of which entail the risk of damaging an already vulnerable environment even more, perhaps beyond repair.

All hungry people, many million of vegetarians and those looking for wholesome alternatives to destructive traditions have the right to expect from decision makers, governments and international bodies a scientific investigation of all available options, including vegetarianism. This resource- and life-saving lifestyle is worthy of unbiased research and promotional effort, not last because of its potential to decide the raging battle of 'food vs feed' in favour of humanity.

For this reason, we appeal to the United Nations and its agencies to stop ignoring vegetarianism and instead study its multi-faceted benefits, with the aim of incorporating them into future strategies for a world without hunger.

Sincerely,

Signature


Source: The petition
Author: EVANA Petition to UN

Link: 8 Ways to Fix the Global Food Crisis/Nr. 8: Eat Less Meat/Cutting down on carnivorism is a message that the world does not want to hear
Link: High prices intensify Ethiopian hunger crisis/Aid workers and diplomats in Addis Ababa, the capital, said more recent unpublished surveys indicated that several million more people had slipped into the crisis category since then
Link: INTERVIEW-Food crisis, silent famine to continue: World Bank
Link: Today, over 26,500 children died around the world

Date: 2008-08-18

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What Will We Eat in a Hungrier World? (en)

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