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Peace Begins On Our Plate

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Peace Begins On Our Plate

#1 Post by clayto » September 20th, 2009, 2:09 pm

The following may be of interest.


Video: United Nations International Day of Peace 21 September - Peace
begins on our Plate:

United Nations Peace Day Events Link Peace to Vegetarianism and Climate

To mark the United Nations International Day of Peace on 21 September
individuals across the globe are highlighting the peaceful effect of
eliminating or reducing meat from our diets.

A number of events promoting the idea that Peace begins on our Plate
will be held in North American cities such as New York, Santa Monica,
San Jose, San Francisco, Victoria and Ottawa as well as in Costa Rica,
Australia and China.

Each event is officially recognized as part of the United Nations
International Day of Peace. The UN General Assembly has named 21
September as the permanent date for the celebration, where individuals
create practical acts of peace.
"The compassionate consumer saves resources and recognizes that an
organic vegan diet is a tremendously effective way to promote peace,"
says Leron Rabinowiz, organizer of Peace begins on our Plate. Rabinowiz
also recently founded an organization to coordinate and link global
initiatives such as petitions[1] calling for government support of
weekly Meat-Free days in order to reduce climate change.

A weekly meat-free day is a simple yet effective way to reduce climate
change that is recommended by Nobel Peace prize winner and Chair of the
UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr Rajendra
Pachauri. Dr. Pachauri has said, "If you eat less meat you will be
healthier and so will the planet. It will help the global community
enormously because the entire meat cycle is very, very intensive in
terms of carbon-dioxide emissions."

Rabinowiz says that both climate change and peace are linked to
meat-free days because a vegetarian diet uses fewer resources that are
common causes of global conflict, particularly water and energy[2],[3].
A University of Chicago study found that switching from the average
American diet to a vegan diet would save 50 per cent more greenhouse gas
emissions than switching from the average American car to a hybrid

"A simple act of Peace is choosing sustainable health for oneself and
for our planet. By choosing organic foods, eating vegetarian nd buying
from local farmers, you are nourishing your body, conserving water and
energy, reducing pollution and helping the local economy. Peace begins
with your plate." says Avon Mattison,
President, and cofounder of Pathways to Peace. Pathways to Peace is the
non-profit organization designated an official UN Peace Messenger in
1987; it manages UN Peace Day. See

For further information on the events, please see ... endar.html

News contact:
Leron Rabinowiz
PO. Box 8398
Van Nuys, CA 91409

Sources and additional information:
[2] Steinfeld et al. (2006) Livestock's Long Shadow: Environmental
Issues and Options. Rome: UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
[3] McMichael, A., Powles, J., Butler, C., Uauy, R. (2007): Food,
livestock production, energy, climate change and health. The Lancet.
13 Sep. 2007
[4] Eschel, G., Martin, P.A. (2005) Department of Geophysical Sciences,
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: Diet, Energy, and Global
Warming, scientific journal article in: Earth Interactions, Volume 10
(2006) ... 202005.pdf
Please support the following petitions:,
Go veg, stop climate change:
Positive news for a better world:

Video: 'A Plea for Mercy for Pigs': ... -Pigs.html

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