:Petition “Food Vs Feed” / “Nourrir la population Vs nourrir les animaux” / “Cibo contro alimentazione animale”

Petition ‘FOOD vs FEED’ to the UN

An appeal to the United Nations <http://www.un.org/>  and its agencies to channel available food resources to needy people and not to farm animals.

This petition will close on 20 April 2009 and be delivered on Earth Day 2009 (22 April) in New York, Rome and Geneva.

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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.



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1 Commento a “:Petition “Food Vs Feed” / “Nourrir la population Vs nourrir les animaux” / “Cibo contro alimentazione animale””

  1. ilaria scrive:

    Commento di Cosimo Arrichiello, vegetariano e scrittore napoletano che vive da mezzo secolo a Londra.

    Dear Paolo,
    I find it easier, for the time being, to communicate in english, because it is part of my daily activity and source of my income.
    As I am an old man, I would prefere to come back to Italy permanently and enjoy speaking our beautyful italian language, but my pension, being too small, would not enable me to live probably somewhere near you. I admire immensely your great activity, and give you my full support for it. And may the Lord bless you always with good health for your marvellous cause.

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