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Monday, December 4, 2006


Plant-based diets: Healthy and Compassionate

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. z

1. Vegetarianism and veganism spreading in the US:
2. Famous quote – T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Nutritional Biochemist, Director of the China Study
3. Airports offer more healthy vegetarian food:
4. Bible verse – Colossians 3:17
5. Another confirmed case of mad cow disease in Japan:
6. Vegetables in the solution to African hunger:

1. Vegetarianism and veganism spreading in the US: A 2000 poll by the Vegetarian Resource Group estimated that 6% of American youths ages 6 to 17 do not eat red meat, and 2% avoid poultry and fish as well. Another 0.5% is vegan. In a 2002 survey of 4,746 Minnesota adolescents that was published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, those who identified themselves as vegetarians were more likely than non-vegetarians to meet government standards for total fat, saturated fat, and fruit and vegetable consumption.

Many health organizations such as ADA, the American Dietetic Association and PCRM, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, support the notion that a well-planned, balanced plant-based diet is not only fine, but beneficial for infants, children, adults and the elderly. More parents are faced with the situation in which a child decides to go vegetarian after learning of the treatment of animals in factory farms and slaughter houses. Fortunately, there is information and resources readily available for parents in order to support their children and put theirs minds at ease. Many school cafeterias also offer vegetarian options as part of their daily menus.

To read the full article please visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/30/AR2006103001013.html 

It’s good news for God’s creation that more people are transitioning to a plant-based diet. The choices we make can impact our witnessing of God’s love for all creatures, and diet is an important one since it can greatly affect our health, the environment and God’s animals.

2. Famous Quote:  “… the vast majority, perhaps 80%-90%, of all cancers, cardiovascular and other forms of degenerative illness can be prevented, at least to a very ols age, simply by adopting a plant-based diet.”
~ T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Nutritional Biochemist, Director of the China Study

3. Airports offer more healthy vegetarian food: Last week, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, PCRM, released a new report that shows that the quality of airport food is rising, continuing an upward trend. Eighty-eight percent of all the restaurants surveyed offer at least one vegetarian entrée that is low in fat, high in fiber, and cholesterol-free, representing a 13-percentage-point increase from 2005. Orlando Airport scored 97% in the survey.

To read the full article and check where your city airport placed, please visit http://www.pcrm.org/news/release061120.html

4. (RSV) Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Everything we do, including our diet, should be honoring and glorifying to God. We worship a loving God who wants us to live out our life in thankfulness and reverence for all Creation.

5. Another confirmed case of mad cow disease in Japan: This month, one more case of mad cow disease, BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), has been confirmed in Japan. This is the 30th case since it first appeared in Japan in 2001. The 5- year-old dairy cow who died in a ranch of Northern Japan will be incinerated so her body is not used for consumption or as feed.

To read the full article please visit http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/13/business/
AS_FIN_Japan_Mad_Cow.php 

Animal exploitation does not honor or glorify God. It only brings misery to humanity by fostering greed, cruelty, violence, disrespect, injustice and even disease. The more compassion and respect we show towards Creation, the more blessings will be bestowed upon us.

6. Vegetables in the solution to African hunger: Native vegetables to Africa could help in solving Africa’s food crises as well as boosting its rural economies according to a new report from the National Research Council. This report examines 18 African vegetables, typically overlooked by scientists and policymakers in the world at large, that could potentially to help feed the continent's growing population and increase sustainable development.

To read the full article please visit http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=11763 

We are blessed with a wide variety of plant-based food, much like in the Garden of Eden. Sometimes the answers to global problems do not solely rest on new technologies or scientific advancements. Maybe is we trusted more in God’s providence, we would realize that good stewardship of all of God’s creation could solve these world crises.

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