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CVA Blog
Monday, January 15, 2007

Our Health and Modern Food Industry

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

1. S. Korea rejects US beef shipment
2. Famous quote – William Booth (1829-1912), General, founder of the Salvation Army.
3. Blood transfusions and Mad Cow disease
4. Bible verse – Psalm 143:10
5. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal debut
6. E. coli vaccine

1. S. Korea rejects US beef shipment: The finding of high dioxin levels in an American beef shipment to South Korea meant bad news for the U.S. cattle industry after an almost three-year ban over mad cow disease.

According to Kim Mee-kyung, a senior researcher at the quarantine service, dioxin is sometimes found in beef because of environmental pollution contaminating the food chain. However, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns believes that this rejection “clearly illustrates that South Korean officials are determined to find an excuse to reject all beef products from the United States.“

To read the full article please visit http://www.cattlenetwork.com/content.asp?contentid=93063 

2. "It is a great delusion to suppose that flesh of any kind is essential to health."
~ William Booth (1829-1912), General, founder of the Salvation Army.

3. Blood transfusions and Mad Cow disease: A recent study published in The Lancelet shows that the human form of mad cow disease can be passed from person to person through blood transfusions. Researches said that samples from a 32-year-old British man who died from Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease confirmed he contracted it from a blood donor, and two others from a group of 66 people who received infected blood died before their illnesses were confirmed.

To read the full article please visit http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601085&sid=akH8IFtNnD90&refer=europe 

Sometimes sickness is a consequence of or own actions. The exploitation of animals not only causes tremendous suffering to them, but to us. Hopefully, humanity will realize that compassion and love toward all Creation help us live healthier, fuller lives.

4. (RSV) Psalm 143:10 “Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God! Let thy good spirit lead me on a level path!”

Jesus’ example and teachings show us the path to fulfilling God’s will for us. We were created in God’s image of love and are called t be witness of God’s love for all Creation.

5. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal debut: On November 17th of 2006, the movie Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal made its debut in US theaters.

The movie revolves around a fictional chain called Mickey's and describes the way farm animals are raised in today’s modern factory plants. It includes scenes filmed in a Mexican slaughterplant showing with graphic detail every step from the stunning of the animal until its flesh is processed for food. Rebecca Weiss, writer for The Cornell Daily Sun says, “There are a few scenes of unrelenting carnage, more mercilessly graphic than anything you’ll have ever seen in the theatres. Worse, there’s no way to console yourself afterwards — everything you’ve seen is 100% real and all true to life” … ““The amount of times that innards and giblet are depicted onscreen may convert the most staunch carnivore into a cow-hugging tofu-championing vegetarian, nay, vegan.”

To read the full article please visit http://www.cornellsun.com/node/20056 

6. E. coli vaccine: A vaccine that targets Escherichia coli O157:H7 has been granted preliminary approval by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The E. Coli virulent strain had caused serious problems in 2006 by contaminating fresh produce and the possibility of controlling E. coli spread means good news for health organizations and food-related industries. The Canadian scientists who developed the vaccine claim that it reduces the shedding of E. coli O157:H7 in cattle’s manure by up to 70%. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also is studying the vaccine.

To read the full article please visit http://www.startribune.com/722/story/905875.html

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