IF Eric Hyland's remarks, that the alleged adverse effects of drinking milk and eating meat do not reflect the policies of the Green Party (The Bolton News, December 6), then maybe they should.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has just issued a staggering report (November 29) on global warming, which states that livestock production is responsible for: l More climate change gasses than all the motor vehicles in the world.

l 70 per cent per cent of the Amazon de-forestation.

l 64 per cent of all the acid rain-producing ammonia.

l 15 out of the 24 vast global eco-systems that are in decline.

The main political parties have known these facts for years, but will not address the issue for fear of losing votes. It is easier to tell us to recycle bottles and use low-energy light bulbs, solar panels, etc, than to tell us to change our diets.

By consuming so much meat and dairy products, we are contributing to killing our planet, and we need all the political parties to give out this message.

Olga Gee Bury.