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I believe you all know that I'm a Stakeholder Advisory Group Member of WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol which has been developing a new standard for product and supply chain GHG accounting and reporting, and what sparked me to start Gratitude Gourmet was the UN Climate Change Report stating Animal Agriculture casuses 18% Greenhouse Gas Emissions which is more than transportation.
Over the past years, I have provided input to the WRI/WBCSD Protocol about the importance of including food and agriculture data into the standards.
I've just heard some good news that Otarian Restaurant, a sustainable and vegetarian restaurant in New York City, uses WRI's Greenhouse Gas Protocol. You can read the full article here.
President Bill Clinton is working to stay healthy for his potential grandchildren using a low-cholesterol, vegetarian diet. You can read the article and see the video here.
The first ever Vegan Fashion Show to hit the streets of SF will be part of the 11th World Vegetarian Festival on October 2 starting at 4:45PM. The event will be emceed by Rory Freedman and is free with $7 admission to the festival.
The festival is taking place in the County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park (1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94122).
Here's an interesting development regarding PCRM and the FDA and the recent Diabetes drug Avandia. PCRM is suing the FDA. Specifically:
September 21 is United Nations International Day of Peace. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, "Peace is my main job. Peace doesn’t just happen – it must be nurtured, maintained and defended. I work for peace in many different ways: I mediate between antagonists, urging them to resolve their differences peacefully; I promote tolerance and harmonious relations among countries and peoples; I campaign to stem the tide of deadly disease; and I press for the elimination of extreme poverty, and for a natural environment that can sustain not only this generation, but those to come.
There are many tools in the peacemaker’s kit – diplomacy and human rights; development and disarmament; peacekeeping and peacebuilding – and I use them every single day.
One of the purposes of Gratitude Gourmet is to promote Peace in our food systems. People, Animals, and Nature should not suffer in our food systems..food systems should be peaceful and well-planned in order to avoid problems.
What are you doing for Peace?
More information on the UN International Day for Peace is here.
You may be well aware of the declining Shark populations, especially due to the increasing demand for Shark Fin soup. A team of U.S. scientists and environmentalists met with Cuban officials this week to discuss a proposed alliance, including Mexico, to protect the Gulf of Mexico's declining shark population. If you see a restaurant serving Shark Fin Soup, PLEASE talk to the owner and ask them to take it off the menu.
You can read more about the U.S. and Cuba Alliance discussions here.