It is with great joy that I welcome all the delegates of the 40th IVU International Vegetarian Festival & Congress. Even though the Internet is a very efficient means to communicate and promulgate our ideas, nothing replaces personal contact and I am sure we will all leave this place with our motivation increased to continue with our work promoting vegetarianism.
I´d like to give a big thank to Dixie Mahy who put together this nice event – it is really a big effort and so many details to foresee and arrange. I´d like to thank also Dilip Barman – our IVU Regional Coordinator of North America for being always ready to help. I´d like to thank as well our manager John Davis who is all the time thinking and having good new ideas in order to advance IVU work around the world. And I´d like to thank all of you who came from different places around the world to be here and give your support to this noble cause.