World’s Leading Environmental Experts Agree: Best Way to Go Green Is to Eat Less Meat

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Meredith Turner, Farm Sanctuary, 646-369-6212,
mturner@farmsanctuary.org

World’s Leading Environmental Experts Agree: Best Way to Go Green Is to Eat Less Meat

Just in Time for Earth Day, Farm Sanctuary Launches Groundbreaking Campaign to Introduce Green Foods Resolutions in Cities and Towns Nationwide

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - It is one of the
most underreported stories of the decade, yet the science could not be
more
conclusive: if we really- really -
want to get serious about tackling global climate change, we need to
start
looking at what's on our plates. The United Nations and a host of
leading
environmental experts, including Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, 2008 Chair of
the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, have all cited animal
agriculture as
being among the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions (ahead of the
entire
transportation sector), and now Farm Sanctuary,
the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, has launched a
groundbreaking campaign to address the problem head-on by campaigning to
get Green
Foods Resolutions passed in cities and towns all across America.  

Think
Globally, Act Locally

Through Farm Sanctuary's
Green Foods Campaign, citizens
are
reaching out to their local city governments to introduce resolutions
that address
the impact food choices have on the numerous health and environmental
problems
plaguing the nation. A
Green Foods
Resolution is a city or town council resolution designed to counteract
the health
threats, animal cruelty and massive environmental damage caused by
animal
agriculture by calling on citizens to eat lower on the food chain. This
forward-thinking legislation enables cities to take responsibility for
their
carbon "foodprint" by
encouraging greater access to nutritious plant-based foods, supporting
local
farmers markets and community gardens, and educating citizens about the
health
and environmental benefits of consuming more plant-based foods.

"Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs,
carpooling,
recycling- these are all great ways we can lessen our carbon footprint,
but when compared with the difference you can make simply by eliminating
or reducing
meat and animal products from your diet, other aspects of green living
pale by
comparison," said Gene Baur,
president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary.
"From natural resource depletion, to global climate change, to air and
water pollution, industrial animal agriculture-the source of 99% of all
meat and animal products consumed in this country- is among the worst
offenders we must face in saving our planet from peril. With the 40th
anniversary of Earth Day right around the corner, we are excited by the
growing
movement to address this ultimate ‘inconvenient truth.'"

The
Greening of America

In October 2009, the small town of
Signal
Mountain, Tennessee,
became the first community in the country to pass a Green Foods
Resolution.
Activist David Cook, whose newspaper column inspired his town council to
consider
the resolution, sees its passage as the planting of a seed, not just for
Signal
Mountain but also for the rest of the country. "Something will really
grow out of this," said Cook. "I think it is part of many things
that are moving in the right direction, including community-supported
agriculture, organic farming, a greater commitment to vegetarianism,
more
car-pooling, more questioning. It's all tied together."

Alexandria, Virginia became the
second community to pass a Green Foods Resolution in March 2010.
Additional resolutions
are now pending in New York City,
where Farm Sanctuary is a key member of the Foodprint Alliance and in
several
other municipalities across the nation.

Signal Mountain and Alexandria
aren't the only cities rethinking their dietary choices. Just last week,
San Francisco's
Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to establish "Meat Free
Mondays" and encourage restaurants, grocery stores and schools to offer
more plant-based fare. In addition, Cincinnati
recognized the connection between plant-based eating and climate change
back in
2008, when they encouraged residents to reduce meat consumption with the
Green
Cincinnati Plan.

To learn
how to introduce a Green Foods
Resolution in your community, visit farmsanctuary.org/greenfoods/.  

To speak
with Farm
Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur or receive sample
Green Food Resolution language, please contact Meredith
Turner at 646-369-6212 or mturner@farmsanctuary.org.

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Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming.

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