FAO hears expert consultation by Dr. Robert Goodland. - 10 Dec 2009  
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The co-author of the World Watch Institute report that traces at least 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions to livestock raising was recently invited to speak at policy brief on climate change for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The Rome-based organization is working to garner support for a combined solution to global warming and food security, which calls attention to the many opportunities in agriculture to mitigate the effects of climate change. In his speech, Dr. Goodland made several recommendations including the promotion of a plant-based diet and that emissions from livestock should be considered in any approach to reducing global warming.

Dr. Goodland, our sincere thanks for sharing your expertise. May the United Nations, governments and organizations worldwide quickly adopt such wise and effective practices as the organic vegan lifestyle to halt climate change.

This solution to our global crisis has also been echoed time and again by Supreme Master Ching Hai, who again called on all leaders to take initiatives toward a plant-based world during a September 2009 videoconference in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: I urge the government leaders, because our time is running out, we have to act on this now. Please explain to your co-citizens this important truth and tell them we must work together to become animal-free consumers.

We have a very short time to save our planet. We have a great planet to save. We have a great precious treasure - that is, our children - to save. The government and the people have nothing to lose by being vegan. For the environment, the absence of livestock will bring about much less pollution and less waste of water and food resources. For the citizens, there are perfectly nutritious, delicious alternatives to animal products nowadays. And the vegan diet is also the best for our children.