Petition 'FOOD vs FEED' to the UN

Tiếng Pháp
Tiếng Anh

Un effort important actuellement mis en œuvre par Jens Holm, membre Suédois du Parlement Européen, par l'Union Suisse pour le Végétarisme, et par la Nouvelle Alliance Animale et Végétarienne d’Europe (EVANA en Anglais). Ces groupes et individus ont ouvert une pétition pour que les Nations Unies préconisent en priorité le régime végétarien comme moyen de lutte contre la faim dans le monde, et comme moyen principal pour limiter le réchauffement global du climat et par la même voie de résoudre d'autres dilemmes auxquels nous faisons face actuellement. Espérons qu'ils réussiront à persuader la communauté internationale sur cet aspect très important.

La pétition « FOOD vs FEED » sera clôturée le 12 avril 2009, et sera alors délivrée le 22 avril au Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies Ban Ki-Moon, à l’occasion de la Journée de la Terre.

Launched by:

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


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.