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  • K.C. Lim
    Dear John: Thanks. In addition to regular updates by you and others in this vegan net, I wonder if this group could take a more active role in promoting
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      Dear John: Thanks. In addition to regular updates by you and others in this vegan net, I wonder if this group could take a more active role in promoting veg/vegan diet in HK. I am more interested in educating the public as many still do not know about the good health they can reap and the benefits to the environment from this diet. Shall we promote the setting up of vegan clubs in universities, schools in HK? I would be glad to help out and be more active. We will not want to be too "activist" but instead orientate toward being "educational". In the meanwhile, we should play less "the compassionate" grounds but more on health and environment benefits. More ideas? Regards, KC

      From: John Wedderburn <john@...>
      To: HKVegan List <hkvegan@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Mon, October 26, 2009 9:54:19 AM
      Subject: [hkvegan] FW: New article has great potential for promoting vegetarianism and animal rights

      From: Richard Schwartz [mailto:RSCHW12345@aol. com]
      Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 9:33 AM
      To: president@Jewishveg .com
      Subject: New article has great potential for promoting vegetarianism and animal rights

      Hi fellow animal rights and vegetarian activists,

      A cover article “Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change are...cows, pigs, and chickens?” in the November/December issue of World Watch magazine has the potential of changing the outlook for effectively responding to the impending global climate catastrophe. The authors, environmentalists Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, discuss all phases of livestock agriculture and conclude that this sector causes the emission of at least half of all human-caused greenhouse gases. They argue that food producers should mount a major campaign to promote the consumption of plant-based foods, including meat analogs.

      Further information can be found at the World Watch magazine web site (http://www.worldwatch.org). The complete article can be read at http://www.worldwat ch.org/files/ pdf/Livestock% 20and%20Climate% 20Change. pdf.

      Since this article has great potential to effect the dialog on climate change and help shift our imperiled planet to a sustainable path, please spread this message as widely as possible.

      A press release from World watch magazine is below.

      Many thanks,

      Richard (Schwartz)
      Director, Veg Climate Alliance
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      Tuesday, October 20, 2009
      Contact: Julia Tier
      (+1 202) 452.1999 x594
      jtier@worldwatch. org

      Livestock Emissions: Still Grossly Underestimated?
      Washington, D.C.—The environmental impact of the lifecycle and supply chain of animals raised for food has been vastly underestimated, and in fact accounts for at least half of all human-caused greenhouse gases (GHGs), according to Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, co-authors of “Livestock and Climate Change” in the latest issue of World Watch magazine.
      A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock’s Long Shadow, estimates that 18 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions are attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry. But recent analysis by Goodland and Anhang finds that livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions.
      Reviewing both direct and indirect sources of GHG emissions from livestock, the study finds that previous calculations have both underestimated and overlooked certain emissions sources as well as assigned emissions they deem to be livestock-related to the wrong sectors. The authors locate these discrepancies in previous analyses of livestock respiration, land use, and methane.
      Based on their research, Goodland and Anhang conclude that replacing livestock products with soy-based and other alternatives would be the best strategy for reversing climate change. “This approach would have far more rapid effects on GHG emissions and their atmospheric concentrations—and thus on the rate the climate is warming—than actions to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy.”
      For more information please contact:
      Julia Tier, tel: (+1) 202 452-1999 x594, e-mail: jtier@worldwatch. org
      Also in the November/December 2009 Issue:
      Vision Quest: Who Will Control the Future of the Amazon?, by David Dudenhoefer
      A complex and high-stakes struggle over the Amazon forests and their resources heats up.
      Worldwatch First Person, by Ben Block
      Seeking a Low-Carbon Future.
      Vital Signs: Growth in Protected Areas Continues, by Margarita Yatsevich
      Plus: Life-Cycle Studies: Beer, Eye on Earth, Talking Pictures, and Matters of Scale: Blogging Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics.
      For more information or for a digital copy of the magazine, please contact:
      Julia Tier, Tel: (+1) 202.452.1999 x594, E-mail: jtier@worldwatch. org
      About World Watch magazine: This bimonthly magazine is published by the Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. Launched in 1988, the magazine has won the Alternative Press Award for investigative journalism, the Project Censored Award, and a number of Utne Reader awards. Please visit: Error! Hyperlink reference not valid..
      Subscription Information: One-year subscriptions (6 issues) within the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are $33 for individuals, $50 for institutions, and $25 for students. International subscriptions are $51 for individuals, $63 for institutions, and $40 for students. Purchase subscriptions through the Worldwatch website: www.worldwatch. org or call (+1) 888 544-2303 (in U.S.) or 1.570.320.2076 (from overseas).
      Worldwatch E-mail list: If you would like to receive Worldwatch press advisories regularly, please send your request to Julia Tier at jtier@worldwatch. org or call (+1) 202 452-1999 x594.
      About the Worldwatch Institute: The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Its mission is to generate and promote insights and ideas that empower decision makers to build an ecologically sustainable society that meets human needs.
      For more information, visit www.worldwatch. org/.
      Julia Tier
      Communications Associate
      Worldwatch Institute
      jtier@worldwatch. org
      +1 202.452.1992 x594
      1776 Massachusetts Ave, NW Suite 800
      Washington DC 20036 USA
      www.worldwatch. org

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      Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D.
      Professor Emeritus, College of Staten Island
      Author of "Judaism and Vegetarianism, " "Judaism and Global Survival," and "Mathematics and Global Survival," and over 130 articles at JewishVeg.com/ schwartz
      President of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) (www.JewishVeg. com) and
      Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians
      Director Veg Climate Alliance
      Phone: 718-761-5876
      rschw12345@aol. com

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