Norwegian) Inga Marte Thorkildsen, Member of Norwegian Parliament,
Member of the Standing Committee on Energy and Environment: It
is important to make people aware that their meat consumption is an
important contributor both to climate changes, but also to the food
crisis in the world. And it’s a big potential to reduce meat
consumption, and I think we have to look at the price mechanism and the
policy of agriculture within the nation but also internationally in the
EU (European Union) and WTO (World Trade Organization), for example.
there we have to challenge consumers and dare to take some tough
choices as politicians and challenge the international organizations.
And not accept one-sided growth policy about everyone being allowed to
consume more and eat more. I think we have to make some choices from
the top and say that our agriculture shall produce less meat.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai with London Center, UK – June 13, 2008
Supreme Master Ching Hai :
I’m sure people will follow what the government proposes, especially
when they know it’s good for them, and good for the planet, and good
for the future of their children, because they don’t want to kill their
children. If the planet is damaged, ruined or bad, or uninhabitable in
any way, their children will be affected.
And I think
everybody loves their children, including the leaders, and the
government officials, the one in power. They all love their children.
So they have to do it now. There’s no other choice. They have to give
an official endorsement,? And let everybody know about the benefit of
vegetarian diet. They have to create websites for vegetarian menus, all
free of charge, class for vegetarian cooking, vegetarian club, make it
official. Then everybody would follow like a happy trend some new
change in the world.
They could also put high tax on meat or
ban it altogether or ban the killing of animals, and educate people
into a brand new, exciting way of life. And the whole world will
change. I can't wait to see that day, when we all enjoy love,
contentment, and enlightenment. Live in peace.